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Bernalillo County Fire Department Reminds Citizens to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”


The Bernalillo County Fire Department wants to remind citizens to “fall back,” and change their clocks on Sunday, Nov. 4, and also change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Working smoke detectors provide a first line of defense and early notification of a fire in the home. Statistics show over 2,500 deaths and 12,000 fire-related injuries annually in the United States.


“After you get that extra hour of sleep this Sunday, remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and remind family, friends and neighbors to do the same,” says Fire Chief Greg Perez. “You could possibly save your life or defend your home against the devastating effects of a home fire.”

The Bernalillo County Fire Department and the New Mexico Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, have worked together in the past to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Residents should install smoke alarms and alert devices that meet the needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Bernalillo County Fire Department continues to partner with the American Red Cross to install free smoke alarms. Bernalillo County residents, in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the city limits of Albuquerque, can still request to have a free smoke detector installed. This project will continue indefinitely. Follow this link http://www.bernco.gov/Fire/free-smoke-detector-project-.aspx or call (505) 468-7777 to provide some basic information and to schedule an installation.

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