CITY OF BRENTWOOD
FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT
From: Chief Brian Goss
Date: October 22, 2012
Subject: Press Release: Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries!
CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES
It’s that time again. On November 4th (2am) clocks will be set back 1 hour.
The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department encourages residents to use the time change as a reminder to change out the old batteries in your smoke detectors. A working smoke detector can cut your risk of dying in a fire in half.
What do you do with the old batteries if they seem to still be in working order? Reuse them in household appliances or in toys. Don’t leave your safety to chance.
The only exception to this rule is lithium batteries, which often last as long as the detectors. Please refer to manufacturer’s expiration dates for life span and be sure to test all smoke detectors monthly, regardless of battery type.
Date all batteries and smoke detectors when installed to ensure at a quick glance that they are in date. Most smoke detectors have a ten year useful life span. Even if smoke detectors still sound when they are tested, replace aging units. Do not paint detectors and vacuum them regularly to keep them in working order.
Please do your part to help ensure that you and your family have a fire safe holiday season!