Night seems to be coming earlier and earlier these days. We got home at 7:30 tonight, and I noticed how dark it was already. On Sunday, November 4th, it will get dark even earlier, though, since that is when most of us will be turning our clocks back one hour, marking the end of daylight savings time. Not only will you turn your clocks back one hour that day, you should also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries. Since my biggest fear has always been that my house will catch on fire, I know that we will be changing our smoke alarm batteries when we change our clocks this year.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program. Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are once again working with local fire departments nationwide to raise awareness on the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in helping to keep families safe in their homes.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, Energizer will be donating 250,000 batteries to fire departments across the country to distribute to local families in their areas and adopting 25 fire departments in 25 cities across the nation, who, in addition to batteries, will be equipped with a variety Energizer family safety products for their department and to share in their communities. Together, they will host Home Safety Days and neighborhood canvasses spanning throughout National Fire Prevention Month in October until the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 4.
How can you get involved and learn more? From now through November 4, visit the Energizer Bunny Facebook page and click on the Fire Safety Info Tab. Here you will find fire safety tips, a home escape plan that you can download and draw your family’s home escape plan, as well as a coloring and activity sheet for the kids. You will also have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a Family Safety Kit. Energizer will be giving away one Family Safety Kit per day for 25 days. These kits are valued at over $150 and include one reusable grocery tote, two Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms, one package of Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, one package of Energizer MAX Batteries (AA) with Power Seal Technology, two Energizer flashlights, two Energizer Flameless Wax Candles and one Energizer Plush Bunny.
The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program is just one of the ways Energizer brings to life the company’s commitment to making a positive impact in communities across the country. Make sure you make the commitment to keep your family safe by changing your batteries when you change your clocks this year. Spread the word!
~*~Energizer Family Safety Kit~*~
Kit includes a reusable grocery tote, one 2-pack of Energizer MAX Batteries (9v) with Power Seal Technology, one Energizer Flameless Wax Candle, one Energizer Weatheready Safety Light and one Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm. ARV $78
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