Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, and the Hinsdale Fire Department has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer to sponsor the "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" program, encouraging residents to use the extra hour this weekend to change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
"Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of 'Change Your Clock Change Your Battery' program,” Hinsdale Fire Department spokesperson Steve Tullis said in a release sent out this week.
According to the release, changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year is the easiest way to avoid fire tragedies.
"The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping," Tullis said.
Visit Energizer's "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" website for more information.