Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 3 and marks the 26th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program.
This program reminds everyone to change and test the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Changing the batteries at least once a year and testing the alarms are ways to reduce deaths and injuries.
Home fires injure and kills thousands each year, the most at risk include:
- Children- home fires kill 500 children ages 14 and under each year.
- Seniors- adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.
- Low-income households- many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms. These same households often rely on poorly installed, maintained or misused portable area heating equipment.