Press Release – Georgia Department of Insurance

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WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

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March 6, 2017

Contact: Glenn Allen

Phone: 404-463-0729

 

 

HUDGENS: WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS

CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

 

 

ATLANTA — Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks to daylight saving time on March 12.

 

“The annual change to daylight saving time is the perfect opportunity to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly,” Hudgens said. “Changing the batteries in each device is the easiest way to ensure continued protection of your family and property.”

 

In 2016, approximately 106 residential fires in Georgia resulted in 141 deaths. Of those fires, 96 of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm. This year, 22 Georgians have died in 18 residential fires, with only two of the homes having a working smoke alarm.

 

Commissioner Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. He also recommends that you plan and practice an escape route to the outside of you home in the event of a fire.

 

     Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., when clocks are set ahead one hour.

 

 

Glenn Allen

Communications Director

Office of Commissioner of Insurance

404-463-0729 Desk

404-360-1360 Mobile

Email: gallen@oci.ga.gov

Twitter: @GA_DOI

 

 

William R. Johnson

4839 Red Oak Drive

Gainesville, Ga. 30506

Mobile (678) 852-1256

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