TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety would like to remind all County residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and NOAA weather radios for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 9.
Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Fire officials across the nation encourage homeowners to replace batteries in smoke detectors when they change their clocks because it provides a convenient reminder.
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.