Time For Fire Prevention

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Wilkinsburg Fire Department wants to remind citizens to Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Detector Battery. The Wilkinsburg Fire Dept. urges citizens to test their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries and change them when changing their clocks back to standard time. The time change occurs this year on Sunday, November 2. Although smoke alarms are present in 96 percent of American homes, 19 percent do not work, mostly because of dead or missing batteries. This means roughly 25 million homes are at risk because of nonworking smoke alarms and another 4.5 million homes are at risk due to no smoke alarms. In the U.S., roughly 80 percent of fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Half of the home fire deaths resulted from fires in the small percentage of homes (5 percent) without any smoke alarms.

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