- Thursday March 8th, 2012 :: 12:46 p.m. CST
GBFD reminds residents to change batteries in their smoke and CO alarms this weekend with the time change.
HELP SAVE LIVES IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
REMIND YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
TO ADOPT A SIMPLE LIFESAVING CHANGE
Green Bay, WI, March 08, 2012 --As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 11, the Green Bay Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives -- changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. An average of two children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Additionally, the smoke alarm manufacturers recommend replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.
"The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping," says Lt. Nick Craig. "Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely."
In addition, Lt. Craig recommends residents take some extra time to plan "two ways out" and practice escape routes with the entire family.
Green Bay Metro Fire Department
501 South Washington Street
Green Bay, WI 54301