Saving Time. Saving Lives.
During spring and fall months, the practice of setting our clocks an hour forward or backwards has been taking place since 1916, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) began. The first low-cost smoke detector for homes was developed in 1965, only 49 years after DST. An easy way to remember when to change your smoke detector battery is to do so during Daylight Saving Time; twice a year.
Since 1988, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) partnered together to begin the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program to remind people to change the batteries in smoke detectors. This simple task is a LIFE-SAVING habit which can be attributed to reason many people, children and pets are still alive today. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate during a fire had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. A common habit Henrico Firefighters encounter is when an occupant takes out the battery because it was chirping, but fails to replace the battery with a new one. If your smoke detector is chirping, you have already waited too long to change it.