FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Since 1966, most states have been changing the clocks twice a year in order to save an hour of daylight. Love it or hate it, daylight saving time is coming up again. Take a few minutes to check your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks. A working smoke alarm doubles your chances of escaping when a fire occurs.
When you spring forward on March 10, the Springfield Fire Department also wants you to think about an important way to move fire safety forward when you move the hands on your clock.
Nationally, smoking materials are the No. 1 cause of fire deaths, so there just isn’t a more important prevention message. Whether you smoke yourself or have guests who smoke, take these simple steps to reduce the risk of a smoking-related fire.
- It is better to smoke outside because furniture, bedding and papers inside the home can catch fire from burning cigarettes.
- Keep a sturdy ashtray or bucket of sand handy for smokers.
- Smoke only when you are alert. If you take medicine or get sleepy, don’t smoke.
- Never smoke near anyone who uses medical oxygen. If a fire starts, the oxygen will cause it to burn hotter and faster. There is no safe way to smoke when oxygen is in use.
For additional fire safety information, contact the Springfield Fire Department at 417-874-2380.