LOMBARD, Illinois--Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, March 10,
at 2 a.m. and marks the 26th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® (CYCCYB) program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.
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The Lombard Fire Department reminds residents that one easy step can help save lives. The Lombard Fire Department is encouraging everyone to use the extra hour "gained" from daylight-saving time to change the batteries in their own smoke
alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family,
neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.
"Many smoke alarm failures result from missing, disconnected or dead batteries," said Lombard Fire Chief Paul DiRienzo. "Please use this day to ensure that your family is safe and change the batteries in your smoke detectors," he added.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs
recommends that smoke alarms in homes should be replaced every 10 years and having both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms are best to alert people to all types of home fires.