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Remind your family, friends and neighbors to change their clocks and the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms this Sunday, a Kissimmee Fire Department press release stated.
As the time change approaches this weekend, the three fire departments of Osceola County want to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – by changing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, the press release stated. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
“Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits that home fire safety devices were designed to provide,” St. Cloud Fire Chief Bill Sturgeon said.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to Kissimmee Fire Chief David Kilbury.
“Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths,” he said.
According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, more than 90 percent of homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors, but a third is estimated to have dead or missing batteries. Every year, approximately 3,000 people lose their lives in home fires, and most of those deaths are among the elderly, the disabled, the low income, and the very young.
“Residents practice EDITH (Exit Drills in the Home) including planning “two ways out” and practicing the identified escape routes with the entire family. Making it a family event stresses the importance and lets children know they can escape in an emergency, ” Osceola County Fire Rescue Chief Robert Sorenson said.
For more information on fire safety, contact your local fire department.