Annapolis Fire Department Media Release
Captain Bud Zapata
Change Your Clocks Change Your Battery
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2020
Did you know that working smoke alarms doubles your chances of surviving ahome fire?
Did you know that the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11pm and 7am?
Did you know that 80% of child fire fatalities occur in homes withoutworking smoke alarms?
(Annapolis, MD), Annapolis Fire Chief Douglas Remaley wants to remind our residents that one simple step can help save the life of you and your family. Have working smoke alarms in your home! Sunday November 1st marks the 33rd year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program sponsored by Energizerand the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The message is simple andthe habit can be lifesaving. When changing your clocks, test and change yourbatteries in your smoke, and carbon monoxide alarms. Remind friends,families, neighbors, and fellow community members to do the same.
Fire Inspector Ken White says “Smoke alarm maintenance is asimple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizensare most at risk, and working smoke alarms can give them the early warningthey need to get out safely.”
The intent of the updated Maryland smoke alarm law that went into effect January of 2018 was to transition away from smoke alarms with 9v batteries and to achieve as much reliable smoke alarm coverage as possible in older homes. Here are some key points to help understand the Smoke Alarm Law better.
- The law requires the replacement of BATTERY ONLY operated smoke alarms with a sealed 10 year lithium-ion battery smoke alarm with silent/hush features.
- The law requires that smoke alarms older than 10 years be replaced. This applies to both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms
If you are an Annapolis City resident and are in need of a working smoke alarm,the Annapolis Fire Department will be more than happy to visit your home andassess your smoke alarms. If it is determined that you need a working smokealarm and cannot afford one, a 10 year lithium battery smoke alarm will be installed for you free of charge by the Fire Department. The Annapolis Fire Department does not install hard-wired smoke alarms.
- The law also states that it is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace them with any type of battery-only operated device.
For more information on smoke alarms, the smoke alarm law, or fire safety, call the Annapolis Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-260-2202, or visit us at https://www.annapolis.gov/321/Smoke-Alarms
The Annapolis Fire Department also recommends that your home be equippedwith ABC fire extinguishers. If your community, civic or business organizationwould like training in the proper use of fire extinguishers, contact the Fire Marshal’s office at 410-260-2202.