For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Avery Webb, Acting Deputy Fire Chief, (510) 981-5501

Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery

Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 07, 2013) - The Berkeley Fire Department is reminding all residents and community members to replace batteries in their home smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when changing their clocks forward one hour this weekend. “Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives but they don’t work unless a working battery is in place,” said Assistant Chief John Fitch, Fire Marshal for the Berkeley Fire Department. “It takes just a few seconds to replace that battery, and it could be the difference between life and death.”

 "The “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign can save your family. Before you go to bed Saturday, March 9, 2013, turn the clock forward one hour, and replace the battery in every smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home.  Every year lives are lost in homes were there is no smoke detector, or a non-functioning smoke alarm. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 73% of smoke alarm failures were due to dead, disconnected or missing batteries. Almost two-thirds of fire deaths in a home did not have a working smoke alarm.

In January 2011, a new state law took effect that requires all single-family residences and duplexes to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed if gas appliances are used for heating or cooking, or if there is an attached garage. 

More information about smoke or carbon monoxide alarms can be found at: