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FOR RELEASE: April 3, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn

Change Your Clock and Change Your Battery

As daylight savings time approaches this weekend, the Fires Out, Oklahoma project from the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Service would like to remind all Oklahoma residents to “change their clock, change their battery.” It is a small act that could save your life and the lives of your family.

In 2000, 97 Oklahomans died or were hospitalized from injuries received during a house fire. One-third of those persons did not have smoke alarms in their home. Among the 17 persons that did have smoke alarms, 53 percent were not functioning properly.

Installation of smoke alarms in your home can increase your chances of escaping a house fire alive. You should test your smoke alarm once a month. For smoke alarms that have 9-volt batteries, change the battery at least once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to signal a low battery. Never remove the smoke alarm battery to use in another appliance or toy. For the best coverage of your home, install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.

If you need assistance with your smoke alarm, call your local fire department. Many fire departments have free smoke alarms to install if you are unable to afford one.

Remember, change your clock, change your battery, and save your life.



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