Spring Reminder “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”
As winter begins to come to a close and the annual spring time change approaches St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) wants to remind residents to make another change that could save lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.
Although the majority of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, a significant percentage of those alarms are found to be malfunctioning or broken. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working smoke alarm. Even worse are the fire deaths or injuries that occur in homes with alarms that simply did not sound.
Changing your smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic fire-related deaths and injuries. In fact, statistics show working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.
In an effort to save lives and prevent needless injuries or deaths in the community, SJCFR recommends everyone adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: change your smoke alarm batteries when changing your clocks twice a year and test your alarms monthly.
Also, please remember SJCFR still has our smoke alarm program in effect. Through this program, we will deliver and install free smoke alarms to St. Johns Countyresidents. If your home needs smoke alarms or has malfunctioning alarms please contact our office at (904) 209-0340 to schedule an appointment. In addition, we also have alarms designed specifically to alert our vision and/or hearing impaired population.