Greater Danbury area fire departments are reminding residents that when they change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time, to also change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. At 2am on Sunday March 8th, we will “spring ahead”. For many years the Fire Service along with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer batteries have used this event to ensure the batteries in these life-saving tools are fresh.
Fire officials say detectors can double the chances of surviving a home fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
From 2012 through 2016, smoke alarms were present in three-quarters and sounded in more than half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments. Dead batteries caused one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures.