Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

FREMONT – The Fremont Fire Department would like to remind its residents that one
simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. On March 8, 2020
when you change your clock forward for the beginning of daylight-saving time, use a little
time to take a lifesaving action, change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and
carbon monoxide detectors.

The Fremont Fire Department is taking part in a smoke detector battery replacement
program. The fire department wants to help members of the community who are unable to
purchase a new battery or change their old one.

Despite the increased number of homes with smoke detectors, home fires take the lives of
more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone. The issue isn’t with the amount of detectors, it is keeping the devices working. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. And 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Smoke detectors give advance warning in a fire, in a situation where minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

Senior citizens or disabled individuals who are unable to replace their own
batteries, and would like to have their detectors checked and batteries replaced,
should contact the Fremont Fire Department at 727-2688. A member of the fire
department will then make arrangements to replace the battery free of charge.

Join the city and make sure your detectors are working. A working smoke detector cuts
your chance of dying in a fire nearly in half.

If you live in the city of Fremont, call 727-2688 to make an appointment to change the battery in your smoke detector.