(KTVI) – It’s time to turn your clock back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night. Safety experts hope you take the time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too.
St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson spoke with April Simpson about the importance of having a working smoke detector.
Thanks to Energizer, the St. Louis Fire Department has plenty of batteries to help you. If you need new batteries for your smoke detector, or a new smoke detector in your home, and you live in the city of St. Louis, you can call the fire department for help. They will replace your battery or install a new detector.
• 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. are the peak alarm times for home fire deaths - when people tend to be asleep and the house is likely to be dark.
• Home fires kill an average of seven people every day.
• Home fires caused $11.6 billion in property damage during 2010.
• Although the number of home fire deaths has substantially decreased, the risk of dying in a reported home fire has not.
• On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire.