Change Your Clock / Change Your Battery Campaign

Posted on: 10/22/2003

It is 3:00 a.m., and somewhere in your home a fire is smoldering, creating a thick, black, toxic smoke that is making its way to your bedroom. Without a working smoke alarm in your home to warn you of the impending danger, would you wake up when you smell the smoke? Probably not. Clinical experiments have found that the sense of smell actually decreases when people are asleep, so the smell of smoke does not awaken the occupant. Instead, smoke disorients people and dulls their senses, making it less likely that even cries for help will awaken them. But, there is one sound in a fire that can save your life. That sound is the ringing of a smoke alarm.

Nationally, more than 80% of all homes have smoke alarms. According to the United States Fire Administration, only 60% of those smoke alarms are working. The primary reason for this horrible statistic is lack of batteries or dead batteries in smoke alarms.

As part of the National "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" fire safety campaign, the Seminole County Fire Department urges citizens to adopt a simple, potentially lifesaving habit. Firefighters urge citizens to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when moving clocks back on October 26th. The campaign encourages citizens to arm themselves against home fires by taking some basic home fire safety precautions, including installing fresh batteries in smoke alarms.

“Working smoke alarms mean the difference between life and death,” commented Fire Chief Terry L. Schenk. “It is such a simple way to protect you, your home and loved ones.”

The Seminole County Fire Department takes this nationally recognized program a step further. Firefighters give out smoke alarms, batteries, and install them free of charge. If you know a person that is elderly, disabled or can not afford a smoke alarm, have them call their local fire department to obtain a free smoke alarm.


For more information:
Alan S. Harris, Public Information Officer
Office (407) 665-5113 Pager: (407) 665-9059

Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958