Letter to the Editor: Change your clocks, change batteries

Every fall, the Delaware State Fire School and your local Fire Department partners with Energizer working to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms, which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The Delaware State Fire School, Energizer and our partners would like to remind you of the importance of batteries not only in smoke alarms, but also the full range of devices that help keep us safe, secure and comfortable in our homes.

Home safety and security has evolved beyond smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Many families rely on other home devices connected to the internet or their Smartphones, also known as the Internet of Things, to enhance safety and security. Energizer provides smart energy for smart devices with battery options across our portfolio that power these connected home devices.

The Delaware State Fire School and Energizer are committed to educating you about home safety. Partnering with retailers and fire stations across the country, we want to remind you to change your batteries in all of your connected home devices when you change your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time.

If you would like further information please contact the Delaware State Fire School, 302-739-4773, www.statefireschool.delaware.gov or your local fire department.

Michael Lowe
Delaware State Fire School
Dover

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