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Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
Wednesday October 28th, 2009 :: 01:41 p.m. EDT


Columbia Fire Department

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2009

Contact: Michael Thomas, Public Fire Education Officer, 545-3701

Change Your Clock; Change Your Battery

Daylight savings time ends on Thursday November 1, 2009. The Columbia Fire Department is reminding citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change the time on their clocks.

On average 3000 Americans die each year of fire related injuries. Most of these deaths are preventable. In spite of smoke alarms affordability and availability, two-thirds of the people who lost their lives did not have working smoke alarms in their homes. Working smoke alarms decreases your risks of dieing in a fire by 50 percent.

Children and seniors are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because of a lack of mobility, fear and confusion. Make sure children recognize the sound of the home's smoke alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.

The Columbia Fire Department recommends the installation of the new 10-year lithium battery powered smoke alarms. All Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

Smoke Alarm Placement

Smoke alarm should be place on each level of the home, one outside of each sleeping are, and one in each bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Along with the installation of smoke alarms, a family should sit down and discuss a fire escape plan and practice exit drills in the home.

Fire Escape Plan

Identify two ways out of every room and practice the drill with the entire family. Be sure all family members understand the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire. Teach children to, “never hide, go out side.” Once outside the family should gather at a designated meeting place and then call 911.

Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
1800 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-545-3700

Michael Thomas
Fire Prevention

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