Switch To Daylight Saving Time Reminds Americans To Check On What's Most Important
February 25, 2021 at 13:33 PM EST
AURORA, Ill., Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The switch to Daylight Saving Time is more than just a reminder to change one's clocks – it also has become synonymous with testing and changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. However, given the prevalence of 10-year sealed battery alarms, which provide added convenience and protection for 10 years, First Alert is partnering with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to remind the public that it is still important to test and check the alarms themselves, regardless of the type of alarm. In an effort to educate families to "change your clocks, check your alarms," First Alert will be joining the NVFC for a Facebook Live Chat, slated for Thursday, February 25 from 1-2 p.m. CT.
"Thanks to years of educational outreach on part of the entire fire safety industry, it has become tradition to test and change the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms at the start and end of Daylight Saving Time," said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert, the most trusted and reliable brand in fire safety*. "However, we are encouraging families to also regularly check and maintain alarms – a key step in home safety. With the added benefit of having 10-year alarms, you won't need to worry about replacing the batteries, but it's still important to test alarms regularly and replace them every 10 years, as alarms don't last forever."
Across the country, many states and major cities have enacted legislation for certain types of housing requiring 10-year sealed battery alarms, and many more are following suit with similar legislation and code adoption. Alarms with a 10-year sealed battery, like the First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery, provide added safety and convenience, as the battery lasts the life of the alarm and cannot be removed from the unit.
The Facebook Live Chat will leverage the start of Daylight Saving Time on March 14 to communicate the importance of checking smoke and CO alarm batteries and the alarms themselves, stressing both a battery replacement and alarm maintenance message and reminding consumers of alarm replacement once the devices reach the end of their useful life. Joining the chat will be:
Research shows a significant need to remind the public to check the smoke and CO alarms in their homes. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the vast majority of fire deaths – three in five – occur in homes without properly working smoke alarms, or no alarms at all. In fires where smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half of the smoke alarms have missing or disconnected batteries. Additionally, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S. – responsible for approximately 50,000 emergency room visits and more than 400 deaths each year – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Families today have a lot on their minds and too often take for granted life-saving measures like maintaining both smoke and CO alarms," said NVFC chair Steve Hirsch. "We're excited to have First Alert, E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. and the Rapid City Fire Department join us for an informative discussion about the importance of checking alarms throughout the home, as the proper maintenance of alarms can help reduce the risk of severe fire and CO incidents."
During the Facebook Live discussion, attendees can learn more about important home safety steps to add to their spring forward to-do list, including:
For more information about the Facebook Live Chat, please visit https://fb.me/e/1992xhchR.
For more information about fire and CO safety, please visit https://www.firstalert.com/.
*First Alert Brand Trust Survey, January 2021 – Results are based on the responses of 1,004 adults, ages 25 and older, living in the United States who completed an online survey. Results are statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level and can be generalized to the entire adult population in the United States within those statistical parameters. For more information or a copy of the complete survey results, contact Tim Young at LCWA: 312/565-4628 or email@example.com.
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