Autumn is here, which means it will soon be time to “fall back” one hour. Sunday, November 6, at 2 am is the official end of Daylight Savings Time. Departments can use this time to remind residents to stay fire safe by changing their smoke alarm batteries. Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks.
If smoke alarms are needed in your community, you can help by utilizing the Fire Corps smoke alarm donation program sponsored by First Alert. Your junior firefighter program can register with Fire Corps and apply for these free smoke alarms by simply filling out the Smoke Alarm Request Form. Please keep in mind that quantities are limited and restrictions apply. If you are not currently registered with Fire Corps, do so for free at www.firecorps.org to be eligible for the smoke alarm donation program as well as access other valuable resources your junior firefighter team can utilize.
Find additional resources for implementing a smoke alarm campaign in your community from the USFA's Install. Inspect. Protect. campaign and from the International Code Council/National Volunteer Fire Council’s Sound the Alarm campaign.