People are busy. Time flies. For those reasons, fire safety professionals decided some years ago to attach a reminder to a twice-yearly task we are forced to do - in an effort to save lives. They use the spring-forward and fall-back clock adjustments as a reminder to make sure life-saving alarms have fresh batteries and function properly.

So, now that you have "fallen back" and dispensed with Daylight Saving Time for 2015, you know the next question: Did you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

Michael McLeieer of E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety group lists some pretty astounding statistics that should motivate us:

·         Every 85 seconds, a home fire impacts the life of an American family.
·         As of March, Michigan ranked #2 in the country for the most home fire deaths.
·         Last spring, West Michigan peaked with a 44% increase in home fire deaths vs. the same period in 2014.
·         Many of these home fire deaths occurred in homes that didn’t have working smoke alarms.
·         By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut in half your family’s risk of dying in a home fire – but only if they work.
·         Working smoke alarms are the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.
·         Smoke alarms over 10 years old need to be replaced.
Hear what else Michael had to say about fire safety this week on The Richard Piet Show by clicking the video below - including how to get a free smoke detector in some communities:

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