The Cleveland Division of Fire will send a signal to local residents to make a potentially life-saving change.
On Saturday March 7 at 6:05 p.m. emergency sirens will sound for one minute in unison to urge residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks to daylight saving time this weekend.
The “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Campaign” is a national home fire safety program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed locally by the Cleveland Division of Fire and the American Red Cross.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of injuries and fatalities related to residential fires in half according to the NFPA by providing an early warning signal creating critical extra seconds to escape. Although smoke alarms are in a large percentage of Cleveland homes, nearly one-third do not work because of worn or missing batteries.
In addition to urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries, the Cleveland Division of Fire’s Public Education Office recommends that every resident take a few minutes for additional fire safety measures. This includes checking the smoke alarms, practicing an emergency escape route (know two ways out of each room), and designating a common meeting place once outside of the home.