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Posted on: October 18, 2020

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

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Don’t forget to change your smoke alarm batteries when changing your clocks back to standard time on November 1st! 

The City of Carbondale Fire Department has once again joined forces with the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the 32nd annual “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign to save lives and prevent needless injuries. The program urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: change smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks back to standard time, this year on November 1st.

Since 1988 all dwelling units in Illinois have been required to have smoke detectors and alarms. A recent amendment to the 30 year old Smoke Detector Act reflects advances in technology and provides that by 2022 newly installed residential smoke alarms contain a sealed 10-year battery. Because the battery is sealed inside the alarm, it doesn’t need to be replaced and cannot be removed. At the end of its 10-year life cycle, the alarm will automatically alert the homeowner to replace the alarm.

The City of Carbondale Fire Department will provide and install free a smoke detector as well as replace smoke alarm batteries in any person’s home in Carbondale that cannot afford to purchase one. We strongly encourage our citizens to take advantage of this program. The City of Carbondale Fire Department is doing its part to educate about the importance of fire prevention, but true safety lies with you and your willingness to take the steps needed to protect your home and family from fire. Our sincere hope is that everyone starts working towards an educated community protected from fire devastation.

For more information about fire prevention, please contact the City of Carbondale Fire Department Administrative Office at 457-3234 or like our Facebook page: City of Carbondale Fire Department. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit

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