The Norwood Fire Department is reminding residents to check their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday, the last day of Daylight Savings Time, by promoting the phrase, “Change your clock, change your batteries."
According to a news release, smoke alarms are installed in 96 percent of homes in the country, but 19 percent of those do not work because of dead or missing batteries.
The campaign is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and aims to have all Americans change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries each fall when they move their clocks back an hour.
About 25 years ago, the association and Engergizer batteries teamed up to promote smoke detector checks. Now, years later, the two offer customizable tools for fire departments and town governments to use in promoting public fire education.
Norwood firefighters are taking the campaign one step further this year and asking residents to also use the "extra hour" from the switch back to Standard Time to test alarms and plan escape routes with family members.
For more information about the “Change your Clock, Change your Batteries” visit the international association's website www.iafc.org.
Natalie Feulner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.