The City of Del Mar
Spring is upon us, and once again we will be changing our clocks forward. There is another change that needs to be made, and it may very well be the safest change you will ever make. On March 14, when you change your clocks, it is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Every year, 6,000 people die in fires and more than 52,000 are injured — 4,800 of those fatalities occurred at home and 3,900 of those lost did not have a working smoke detector. The tragic fact is that almost 75 percent of deaths that occur from fire could have been prevented with a few dollars of technology and a few minutes of care.
If your smoke detector is at least 10 years old, there is a 30 percent chance that it will not work properly and it should be replaced. So the answer to make your home safer is simple: Take the time to make the change.
We change our clocks twice a year; we need to check our smoke detectors twice a year. Here is a simple plan to save your family's life.
- When you change your clocks, remove the old battery and any dust or debris that might have accumulated in the smoke detector.
- If the detector is 10 years old or older, replace it.
- Replace the old battery with a new one.
- Re-assemble the detector and test it.
- If you are unsure of the reliability of your detector, call your local fire department.
These few simple steps could very well be the difference between life and death. If you are a senior citizen over the age of 55 and are without a smoke detector or your detector is old or malfunctioning, your local fire department can help. The Burn Institute is sponsoring a program where firefighters will come to your home and provide and install a reliable smoke detector. For more information, you can reach the Del Mar Fire Department at (858) 755-1522.
Remember, changing your clock may get you to an appointment on time, but taking a few minutes to replace a battery and check a smoke detector will save your life.