EPHRATA — It’s that time of the year for darkness to come at 4:30 each afternoon. Yes, daylight savings time is ending and the Ephrata Fire Department wants locals to remember not only to set back their clocks an hour, but to change the batteries on their smoke alarms as well.
Daylight savings officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and the EFD is encouraging people to take a little bit of time to change smoke alarm batteries and ensure they are in proper working order. EFD Chief Jeremy Burns notes 3,000 people lose their lives each year in residential fires and changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, as well as testing them, are the quickest and easiest ways to bring that 3,000 figure down and reduce smoke/fire-related injuries as well.
Burns offers the following facts to keep in mind:
• Smoke alarms should be replaced every 8-10 years, depending on what the manufacturer recommends.
• Most deaths in fires stem from smoke inhalation and toxic gases, not from burns.
• Most deaths and injuries happen in fires during nighttime hours.
• Home fires account for four out of every five fire-related deaths and three out every four fire-related injuries.
“Your Ephrata Fire Department reminds you that properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries,” Burns stated. “Working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.”
Contact your local fire department for with questions about smoke alarms or for assistance.
Richard Byrd can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.