Three minutes. That’s how much time families have on average to get out of their homes after an alarm from a smoke detector. However, those life-saving minutes only occur when detectors are fully powered and operational.

Fortunately, three minutes is also a good average for the time it takes to change batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other connected devices in a home.  There’s no better time to do it than when you’re already changing your clocks at the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Middletown Township Fire Department (MTFD) are partnering once again, for the 29th year, to share this life-saving message through the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries™ program.  Energizer and the MTFD work to raise awareness of the importance of checking the power and functionality of smoke detectors, smoke alarms and other key safety devices throughout homes.

The smoke detector remains among the most important battery-powered home devices. A recent study showed that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half.

“Checking and changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, along with other home safety devices, will only take you a few minutes and could save lives,” said MTFD Chief John Gorsegner. The MTFD offer smoke alarm programs and can provide assistance. There is absolutely no reason why every home should not be protected by working smoke alarms and other devices in your home crucial to the safety of your family.”  Further, the MTFD also recommends replacing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.

There are three things that everyone needs to do that could save lives:

1. Make sure you have smoke alarms, smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

2. Make sure they are installed correctly.

3. Test existing batteries or install fresh ones.

Thanks to advances in technology, home safety and security has evolved in recent years. Many families rely on other home devices connected to the Internet or their smartphones, also known as the Internet of Things, to enhance safety and security. The number of smart devices that keep us safe, secure, and comfortable at home is growing, and such devices are only as good as the batteries that power them.

Smart connected home technologies are keeping families safer, when operational.  These tools, along with flashlights and other home safety devices require reliable battery power as well.