“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

Brewster Fire Department Community Message

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. On Saturday March 9, we will move our clocks ahead one hour to daylight savings time. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are in proper working order. This is a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and reduce the potential for fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage should a fire occur within your home.

 

Replace Aging Smoke Alarms

 

“This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life”. Replacing aging smoke detectors more than 10 years old is required unless they have a 10-year sealed battery. Carbon monoxide detectors have a 5-7 year life expectancy depending on the manufacturer. Please take the time this weekend to check your detectors and either replace the batteries or the unit as required.

Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire

 

“Time is your enemy in a fire and working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.” said Ostroskey, “Remember: smoke alarms are a sound you can live with.”

Statistically, almost 75% of fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of this fact we urge you to keep your family safe by testing and changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during this week.