CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERY THIS WEEKEND
As the time change approaches on Sunday, Nov. 1, the Volente Fire Department is reminding residents to make another change that could save their lives - changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Chances are that about 95 percent of you have a Smoke Alarm in your home, but 20% of alarms do not work due to worn or missing batteries- this means nearly 19 million homes are at needless risk nationwide! A working Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm can provide the critical extra seconds people need to escape a tragedy. Over 6,000 deaths occur in house fires each year. Most people die from smoke and toxic gases rather than the fire itself. The peak time for home fatalities is between 10PM and 6 AM, when most families are sleeping.
This is the time to protect your family from the tragedy of fire and CO poisoning by putting new batteries in your alarms!
To increase the odds for our Volente residents who could be at risk, the Volente Fire Department is urging people not only to check their Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm batteries every month, but to replace batteries twice a year when we do the time change.
Replacing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to poisoning and home fires.
A working Smoke Alarm and development of a home escape plan, along with yearly home fire drills, more than doubles your chances of surviving a home fire. Without working Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms to act as an early warning device, fire and poisonous gases can spread unnoticed throughout the household, blocking escape routes and filling rooms with deadly smoke and toxic gases. Also, you should practice your evacuation plan by doing at least two home fire drills a year!
TO PRESERVE LIFE and PROPERTY
Ensuring and protecting the public's safety is our primary concern. The public's trust is vital to the successful operation of the Volente Fire Department. It is important that our department provides more than just emergency response. Our goal is to provide services that add value for our community.