Saturday, November 01, 2014
The Westport Fire Department is urging residents to change batteries in smoke detectors as they change their clocks back one hour tonight to Eastern Standard Time.
The “change your clock, change your batteries” appeal was accompanied by a statement that “the most tragic loss of life is the one that could have easily been prevented with the installation of a new battery.”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 1871 individuals have lost their lives in U.S. fires this year, the department said. Many of those individuals have died in incidents which specifically listed “had no working smoke alarms” in their report, it said.
The department said if any Westport resident needs assistance changing batteries, they may call (203)341-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home at no cost. Due to limited quantities, there will be a limit of three batteries per household, an announcement said.
The department noted that several manufacturers have both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with sealed in 10- year lithium battery power that meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories.
Those with questions should contact the Westport Fire Marshals Office at (203)341-5020.
Posted 11/01/14 at 03:28 PM Permalink