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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Payton, (209) 571-5876
Release Date: Friday, November 5, 2010, 3:00:00 PM

Change your Clock, Change your Batteries

Daylight savings time ends on Sunday November 7, so when you change your clock…change the batteries in your smoke detectors!  Smoke detectors that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Facts & figures from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • A 2008 survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41%) of the reported home fires.
  • Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

If you have any question or need assistance, please call the Modesto Fire Prevention Bureau at (209) 571-5876.