Did YOU remember to Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®?


Hopefully you have changed the clocks in your home to reflect the change in Daylight Saving Time. I can never remember when to do it all I remember is what my mom always told me – Spring forward, Fall back. That way I know in the Fall we go back an hour and in the Spring we go ahead an hour.

I don’t like the fact that it gets darker earlier this time of year, but I do like dropping my kids off at the bus stop when it’s daylight. Prior to the time change it was pitch black dark when I took my kids to the bus stop around 6:40 AM (EST).

When you changed your clocks did you also check on the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors too? If not PLEASE make sure to check the out TODAY. After all, they are not doing you any good with dead batteries. The reason why you have the is to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home.

Did you know, thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries.

Those numbers are way too high. In this day and age people should know better. It only takes a few minute to check and replace batteries. Those few minutes can literally mean the difference between life and death.

I don’t remember when the idea of checking and changing batteries when you change the clocks came about but I think it’s a genius idea. Hopefully it helps people to remember to test out their detectors and not wait until they start to “chirp” before replacing the batteries.

I have to admit that growing up my parents waited until they heard the chirp before replacing the batteries. They even took the batteries out of the fire detector in the kitchen so that it wouldn’t go off every time someone burnt toast. In hindsight that was a very dangerous thing. In fact a pot of oil did catch fire in the kitchen. My mom didn’t know it at first because she left the pot on the stove to use the bathroom. When she returned she saw the pot on fire. She grabbed the flaming pot with her bare hands and ran with it towards the front door to throw it outside. My sister was holding the door open. The flames were burning my mom’s flesh and she was in pain so she threw the pot in hopes it would make it out the door. Instead it hit my sister! As a result my sister had a horrific burn on the back of her leg and my mom had serious burns on both her hands and arms.

Stove Fire

Had the smoke detector in the kitchen had working batteries in it the unit would have gone off to alert my mom that there was a fire and perhaps this whole situation could have been avoided.

Did you know that you should also replace the entire unit (both smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector) every few years? Dust and debris can get inside of them and make them not function properly. We were told by someone at our utility company to replace the carbon monoxide detector every 5 years and the U.S. Fire Administration recommend replacing smoke alarms every 8-10 years.

Think about the units in your home. How long have you had time? Is it time to replace them? Thankfully they are not expensive so it shouldn’t be a budget issues. Besides, they can save your life. It’s worth spending the money on them.

Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs have been working together for 26 years on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program to help raise awareness of the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in helping to keep families safe in their homes.

The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program is just one of the  many ways that Energizer brings to life the company’s commitment to making  a positive impact in communities across the country.

It might be a good idea to check the batteries in your flashlights at the same time you check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide  detectors too. After a serious storm or blizzard you’ll want to be certain that your flashlights have working batteries. The same would apply to an emergency radio if you have one of those too.

For more information, please visit Energizer.com and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/EnergizerBunny.

To help you get started I have a special giveaway. One lucky reader will win (compliments of Energizer);

  • One 16-pack Energizer® MAX® AA Batteries years
  • One 1-pack of Energizer® MAX® 9 volt batteries
  • One Energizer® Weatheready® LED Safety Light flashlight – Waterproof flashlight powered by AA, AAA or C cell batteries
  • One Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm
  • Reusable tote bag 

The total value of the Family Safety Kit is approximately $60.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment please comment on this post and tell me what steps you take to make sure your home and family are safe?

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*I received a similar kit for free in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. I appreciate all the reminders at this time of year.

  2. I make sure my detectors are properly working and have fresh batteries in them

  3. we have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen just in case

  4. We have smoke alarms, and a carbon monoxide detector

  5. Kelly Kriefall says:

    Everybody knows the plan for escape.

  6. melissa Resnick says:

    a smoke alarm in every room

  7. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  8. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We practice out escape plan every year….and keep emergency supplies on hand.

  9. scott amoroso says:

    we have those little things on the inside of the cabinets i forget what they are called to protect from the kids opening them

  10. Margaret Smith says:

    We changed all the batteries in our alarms and we keep fire extinguishers on each floor of our home.

  11. Georgette says:

    Change the batteries in all alarms regularly, make sure extinguishers are charged, and have emergency supplies if we need them (snowstorm, etc)

  12. Shannon Baas says:

    we change the batteries regularly and have a fire extinguisher.

  13. To ensure our safety we regularly test our smoke alarms and put fresh batteries in when we change our clocks in the Spring and in the Fall. We have placed fire extinguishers in the kitchen, basement and garage just in case something ignites.

  14. Steve Stone says:

    we have fire extinguishers and check batteries in detectors often.

  15. Ann Fantom says:

    We are fairly safe because we already have smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and an fire evacuation plan, but there are some more things we can do.

  16. I try to be very diligent. I make sure there are no lit candles and I even walk through the house at night after the kids are asleep and make sure there are no obstacles on the floor that would impede an escape if there was a fire during the night. I’m a little OCD about it.

  17. The basics, a fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, an escape plan, unplug items when not in use & we never leave appliances running when not at home (you know, turn on the dish washer & leave sort of thing.)

  18. We have a fire plan and we make sure our fire detectors work

  19. Deborah Stinson says:

    In addition to having smoke detectors I also have a Pets Inside sticker on my front door. Hoping someone will rescue them if I’m not home!

  20. Denise B. says:

    I keep the doors and windows locked and chained at all times.