Farmington Hills Fire: Change clocks, batteries November 3

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When you “fall back” into standard time on Sunday, November 3, Farmington Hills Fire Department hopes you’ll also take another, potentially life-saving action.

In promoting the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign, Fire Marshal Jason Baloga encourages all residents to change smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks from daylight saving time.

“It’s an easy, inexpensive, and proven way to protect your family and your home,” Baloga said in a press release.

Farmington Hills Fire Marshal Jason Baloga
Farmington Hills Fire Marshal Jason Baloga (City of Farmington Hills)

More than 30 years after the national campaign launch, home fire deaths across the nation continue to decline. Fire deaths in the State of Michigan from January 1 to June 1, 2019, decreased by 20 percent over the same period in 2018.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the maximum life cycle of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of installation. Beginning in 2002, all smoke alarms must have a manufacture date marked on the outside of the smoke alarm.

If your smoke alarm does not have a manufacture date or if you’ve had it for more than 10 years, it needs to be replaced, and the Farmington Hills Fire Department can help, with its free smoke alarm installation program.

“We’ve installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 20 years and will continue to do so until everyone who needs a smoke alarm has one,” Baloga said.

For information about the free smoke alarm installation program, contact the Fire Prevention Division at 248-871-2820.