Provided by Prince William Fire & Rescue
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5. As you turn your clocks back, the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind residents to change the battery in their smoke alarms. When properly installed and maintained, working smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire. You double your chances of surviving a home fire with working smoke alarms compared to homes without working smoke alarms (pwcgov.org/SmokeAlarms).
- In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires which caused 10,750 injuries, 2,735 deaths, and $5.7 billion in direct damage.
- On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires every day.
- Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.
- No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (38%) of the home fire deaths.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
Additional Safety Tips
Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue Chief Kevin McGee advises families that smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan by providing an early warning allowing you time to escape a home fire. Chief McGee urges families to “develop and practice, regularly, a home fire escape plan and be sure everyone in your household knows what to do and where to go in the event there is a fire.”
*Note: When changing the batteries in your smoke alarm, it’s also important to change the batteries in your NOAA All Hazard/Weather Radio. Hazardous weather conditions can develop at any time – Be Prepared! Preparation is your best defense!
For more information on smoke alarm safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association nfpa.org.