Letter to the Editor

Smoke alarm batteries

To the editor: An average of three children a day — approximately 1,100 children under the age of 15 — die each year in house fires. Ninety percent of fire deaths involving children occur in homes without smoke alarms. Sadly, many of these tragic deaths could be avoided with working smoke alarms.

To help parents, guardians and kids in our community remember, all of our local fire and emergency service organizations have joined forces with the International Fire Chiefs Association and Energizer Batteries to encourage kids and their parents to adopt a simple habit that could save their lives: Change smoke alarm batteries each fall when you change your clocks back.

Although 92% of American homes have smoke detectors, nearly one-third don’t work because of worn or missing batteries. With the early warning that smoke alarms can provide, residents stand a much greater chance of escaping safely. In fact, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half.

So when you turn your clock back today, take an extra minute to install fresh batteries in your smoke alarms, too. Then push the test button on the smoke detector to make sure the devices are working.

We also recommend that families plan two escape routes from their home and practice them regularly. It is also a good idea to preassemble a fire safety kit, including a working flashlight, fresh batteries, warm clothes and important phone numbers and some cash.

Remember that smoke alarms are the family’s best defense against a fire. Keep them in top working condition with an annual battery change. You will never know when you’ll need them the most.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 907-488-5274 or drop me an email at chief@acsalaska.net.

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