Batteries to Blame in 23 Percent of Fatal House Fires

Batteries to Blame in 23 Percent of Fatal House Fires

Taryn Williford
Oct 20, 2010

Shocked? It's true: According to the National Fire Protection Association, in nearly a quarter of fatal home fires, smoke alarms didn't go off because of dead batteries. So how can you prevent the same fate happening to your home and family? It's easy: Change the batteries! It's tough to remember to do it, but we've got a handy tip for you if you read on.

A house fire is a bad time to discover that the batteries in your smoke detector have died.

Fire and safety experts recommend testing the alarm and it's batteries at least once annually. But with birthdays and anniversaries clouding the year, who has brain space to keep track of another recurrence?

Instead of setting up an iCal reminder, the International Fire Chiefs Association suggests participating in their "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" program.

Think about it: Twice a year you're practically forced to remember to switch your clocks (or you risk being an hour early or late to work!). At the same time, why not test your smoke alarm?

When you're ready to "fall back" this November 7th, grab a fresh pair of batteries and hit that "test" button on your alarm. Your home and family will thank you.

(Images: Flickr user Slightlynorth under license from Creative Commons, Energizer and International Fire Chiefs Association)

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