Daylight Savings Time ends soon! It’s officially over on Sunday, November 6 at 2am. Don’t forget to SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK one hour. I have partnered with Energizer® to spread the word about the Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries program – now in its 29th year of keeping families and homes safe.
I think the Autumn time change is the best because it adds a whole extra hour to our weekend. YAY! How will you spend your extra hour? I hope I’ll get to sleep in a few extra minutes — but I know my kids will still pop out of bed bright and early — so the reality is that’s probably not gonna happen.
One thing I WILL do with my extra hour is change the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The Daylight Savings Time Change is a great way for people to remember to replace those batteries at least twice a year as recommended by the US Fire Administration. This simple habit SAVES LIVES.
A few months ago, I went on a Kindergarten field trip to our local fire station. The firefighters were awesome with the kids. They did a wonderful demonstration that I think should be part of every fire station field trip (if it’s not already.) A firefighter put on his protective equipment, one piece at a time, while the kids watched. He explained why he wore each thing as he put it on. The kids were mesmerized!
The reason he did this was to teach the kids what a firefighter looks like so they won’t be afraid or try to run away from a rescuer in a fire emergency. I had never thought about it, but it totally makes sense to me now: A firefighter in full protective gear could look scary to children. I am so glad our class got to see a fully dressed firefighter with his suit, helmet, tools and even the oxygen tank on his back. Now they know what to expect just in case.
Are your home safety devices prepared do their job?
Even though we have safety devices like smoke alarms in our home, the device is only as good as the batteries that power them. 71% of smoke alarms which fail to operate have missing, disconnected or dead batteries. That scary statistic is a reality check on just how important it is to regularly replace batteries in our safety devices. Please use your extra hour this weekend to change your smoke alarm batteries.
Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are encouraging everyone to take time to make home safety a priority. On November 6, when you set your clock back for Daylight Savings Time, use the extra hour to take a lifesaving action – in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with all of your home safety devices. This includes connected home devices, flashlights and other critical battery-operated devices.
What batteries do you need?
It’s almost time to change your clock, so it’s time to buy your batteries now. I will be replacing my smoke alarm batteries with Energizer Ultimate Lithium 9V batteries. These awesome batteries are ideal for smoke alarms. They are long-lasting batteries I can rely on to power all of my family’s important devices.
The lithium batteries are lightweight – you can really feel the difference compared to alkaline batteries. Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries are also leakproof and made to perform in extreme temperatures. Learn more about these and other types of batteries at Energizer.com.
Fire Safety Planning & Activities
Every family needs to be prepared in case of an emergency. Does your family have a fire safety plan? It’s never too late to create your plan. Helpful tips and fire safety activities, including coloring pages for kids, can be found online at Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.
If your family already has a fire safety plan, use your extra time this weekend to practice it. This is especially important if you have children. Make sure they know what your fire alarm sounds like, and what they should do if they hear the fire alarm go off.
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 a variety of battery sizes and products across our portfolio that power these connected home devices.
Do you use the Daylight Savings Time Change as a reminder to change your clock and change your batteries?