National Fire Safety Campaign Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing Life-Saving Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® ReminderOctober 22, 2012 // Comments Off
St. Louis – The message is simple, and the habit can be lifesaving. Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries.* For 25 years, the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program has been dedicated to helping share the life-saving reminder to change the batteries in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for daylight savings.
This year, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) will mark the silver anniversary of one of the nation’s top home fire safety programs by donating 250,000 Energizer® MAX® batteries to fire departments across the country to distribute to local families in their areas and adopting 25 fire departments in 25 cities across the nation, who, in addition to batteries, will be equipped with a variety Energizer® family safety products for their department and to share in their communities. Together, they will host Home Safety Days and neighborhood canvasses spanning throughout National Fire Prevention Month in October until the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 4.
“In the past 25 years, the number of home fire deaths has substantially decreased,” said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “That success is mostly thanks to the thousands of hours—every year for 25 years—that local fire departments have dedicated to improving the safety environment through technology, policy and, especially, public education efforts like the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program. But the world does not stand still, local fire department budgets are shrinking, many people still don’t have a basic baseline of protection from smoke alarms, and we must keep pace with changes in technology and the built environment, It’s still vital that homes be equipped with working smoke detectors in order to give families those critical extra seconds to escape.”
There are currently 23 million homes at risk of a fire because—although they have smoke alarms—the alarms are not functioning, mostly due to dead or missing batteries. Sharing the reminder to Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® is a simple way to help protect neighbors and loved ones.
“We began the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program with the IAFC 25 years ago to do our part in helping to keep families safe, “said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President of Marketing for Energizer North America. “Today it’s amazing to look back and see how the more than four million batteries donated through hundreds of neighborhood canvasses has translated to countless lives being saved. It’s another example of our philosophy of that’s positivenergy™ brought to life. We are grateful to the IAFC and local fire departments across the country for helping us share this message and make a positive impact.”
The 25th anniversary of Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® kicked off Oct. 1 in Chicago, where the Chicago Fire Department was joined by MLB Hall of Famer and that’s positivenergy™ Ambassador Cal Ripken, Jr. to honor the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. The Energizer Bunny® Brigade recreated the scene of the O’Leary Barn, where by legend the fire started, and firefighters provided a fire safety demonstration for local students. Following, Ripken led the first of the neighborhood canvasses with fire officials in Southside Chicago who conducted fire safety inspections and surprised homeowners with Family Safety Kits, stocked with products designed to help keep homes safe including Kidde smoke detectors, Energizer® MAX® batteries and Energizer® Weatheready® flashlights.
The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program is just one of the ways Energizer brings to life the company’s commitment to making a positive impact in communities across the country. that’s positivenergy™
For more information, please visit energizer.com and facebook.com/energizerbunny.
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