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Important Home Fire Safety Measures

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, March 09, 2010) - The Berkeley Fire Department encourages you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when you set your clocks forward this weekend.  These detectors save lives only when the batteries are working!  A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire.  More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors.  However, it is estimated that one-third have worn-out or missing batteries.   

The Berkeley Fire Department recommends that you test the batteries in your smoke detectors every month and change them every year. Smoke detectors save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by enabling residents to detect fires early in their development.  

Click here to view the National Fire Protection Association website for more information regarding smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and how to change the battery.


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