City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

Change your clocks, change your batteries reminder

DATE: October 30, 2014 FROM: Fire Marshal Daniel M. Jager SUBJECT: Change Your Clock / Change Your Battery We are approaching the time of year {November 2, 2014} that we have to “fall back” (Change our clocks back one-hour). In conjunction with that I want to request every member to take a moment to ensure the safety of his or her family. I want you to Change Your Clock /Change Your Battery. Yes change the battery in your smoke detectors. Each day an average of three kids die in home fires – that’s 1,100 children each year. On top of that 3,600 children are injured in house fires. Ninety percent of the child fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. Closer to home in Alaska all of the injuries and deaths that have occurred as a result of fire have occurred in a home without a working smoke detector. A working smoke detector reduces the risk of dying in a home fire. I am encouraging each of you to arm yourself against home fires by taking some basic home fire safety precautions, including installing fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and testing them. Here is a “Checklist of activities to help you prepare for a home fire and protect yourself and your love ones.  Change your Smoke Detector batteries…change the batteries at least annually. An easy way is to do it when you change your clock.  Check your smoke detector…Make sure you have at least one on each level of the home and one in each bedroom to include one outside each sleeping area. Test each detector by pushing the “test button” to ensure it works properly.  Plan and Practice Your Escape…Create at least “Two Ways Out” (escape routes) and practice them with the family. Children are at double risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during a fire. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector (alarm) signals a home fire and that they recognize its alarm. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your local fire and emergency service organization where you live. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the CCFR Fire Marshal’s Office. Thank you for taking the time to ensure the safety of you and your family.

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