At 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, clocks will be turned back one hour and we’ll officially be on Central Standard Time. The Eden Prairie Fire Department encourages residents to take a few minutes out of that extra hour on Sunday to think about your home and the safety of your family, and take action by replacing the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home. Batteries for hardwired alarms should also be replaced; they serve as a backup in case the power goes out.
Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51-percent less than the rate for homes without this protection.
After fires, when investigators note whether smoke alarms were present and operating during the fire, 71 percent of the alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This is why it’s so important to take this time each year to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.