Fire Department Reminds Everyone to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries”

This weekend is the end of Daylight Saving Time. On Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m., we turn our clocks back. The City of Champaign Fire Department encourages everyone to look forward to safety and “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.”

Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting by half the risk of dying in a home fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Remember to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside of each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Remember, if the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.

According to Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, “Smoke alarms save lives. Roughly half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., a time when seconds can be critical.”

Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | Phone: (217) 403-7212 / Cell: (217) 840-9434