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Change your clocks and change your batteries

Change Batteries this Weekend!

Fire Departments are urging people to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time ends (fall back), on Sunday, November 3rd. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

It is estimated that there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008.

Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. It is recommended all homes have smoke alarms on every level, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

The CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the “invisible killer,” because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.

That is why it is important to have a working CO alarm in the home.

The Willoughby Fire Department has a FREE smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector program.

Contact the Willoughby Fire Department at 440-953-4343 if you would like to schedule a smoke detector evaluation and/or an install. 

Since its humble beginnings in 1894, the Willoughby Fire Department has grown from two companies of volunteers utilizing hose carts, to a combination full-time and part-time department of eighty-two members utilizing state-of-the-art fire fighting and emergency medical equipment. Today the Fire Department provides a wide array of emergency and non-emergency services. Services include fire suppression, paramedic-level emergency medical services, hazardous materials incident mitigation, specialized technical rescue, fire investigation, fire prevention, fire and life-safety educational programs, and FREE smoke detector installation and child car safety seat inspection services. Throughout the history of the Department our statistics have changed dramatically, yet one thing remains the same – the men and women of the Willoughby Fire Department are committed to providing the highest level of service possible.

The mission of the Willoughby Fire Department is “to protect community, life, and property through the delivery of efficient and effective fire and life safety services.” Our mission is accomplished through the delivery of emergency and non-emergency public safety services. Although non-emergency services play a significant role in fire and life safety prevention, it is the emergency services that, by nature, garner most of the attention.

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