MCFRS News Release
Put a Finger On It!
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery; Firefighters Going Door-to-Door this weekend
Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries from fire. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.
The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) urge ALL residents to check home smoke alarms on a regular basis –
“Put a Finger on It!”. Fire Chief Richard Bowers recommends all residents adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks changing clocks twice a year. You’ve got the power to save lives – change the battery!
Recent surveys conducted by fire fighters after serious fires in Montgomery County have found that nearly half, 50%, of the smoke alarms checked did not work. That is alarming! Smoke alarms DO save lives !
MontgomeryCounty residents may schedule a home safety evaluation by calling the Home Safety Hotline @ 240.777.2476.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service recommend that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent fires, deaths, and injuries:
- Install and maintain smoke alarms.
- Properly dispose of all smoking materials.
- Maintain and properly use gas and electrical appliances.
- Never leave food cooking unattended; turn off the burner if you leave.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning—a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
Because fire can grow and spread so quickly, having working smoke alarms in your home can mean the difference between life and death. Once the alarm sounds, you may have as few as two minutes to escape. Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning devices available. Remember, when you change your clock, change your battery – put a finger on it!
NOTE:Firefighters will be going door-to-door in certain neighborhoods this weekend in conjunction with the “Change Your Clock/Change Your Battery” initiative and the MontgomeryCounty Fire and Rescue Service “Safety in Our Neighborhoods” campaign. To date, in the past 4 months, nearly 20,000 homes have been visited and more than 500 smoke alarms and over 600 batteries have been changed or installed.