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Department of Public Safety reminds residents to change batteries in smoke detectors for daylight-saving time

RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2007

TAVARES — The Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, would like to remind all Lake County residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 11.

Fire officials across the nation encourage homeowners to replace batteries in smoke detectors when they change their clocks because it provides a convenient reminder. Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

More than 90 percent of U.S. households have smoke detectors installed, however, an estimated one-third of those households have smoke alarms that do not work because of dead or missing batteries. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of a home and in hallways leading to bedrooms.

While it is recommended that batteries be replaced in smoke detectors semi-annually, the devices should also be tested at least once a month. The proper maintenance of smoke detectors increases the chances of surviving a fire by 50 percent. Coupled with a family fire-escape plan, operational smoke detectors can save lives.

The Lake County Department of Public Safety offers a program that provides eligible residents residing in unincorporated Lake County with free smoke detectors. Qualified at-risk individuals include low-income residents 65 years or older, low-income households with children under 12 years of age and low-income households with disabled individuals that impeded escape action.

The Lake County Fire Rescue Division handles smoke-detector installations on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last and funding is available for the program. For more information about the smoke-detector program, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458.


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