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Carbondale FD: Change your clock, change your battery

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

As daylight saving time comes to an end, the city of Carbondale is offering a couple of life-saving services at no charge. 

The biannual practice of clock shifting officially takes place next month. 

Millions of people will move their clocks back one hour before they go to bed on Halloween in preparation for the end of daylight saving time, which officially ends Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m.

Turning back the clock allows many people to get an extra hour of sleep, but it's also a time fire departments send out a life-saving reminder. 

For 28 years Energizer has partnered with fire chiefs across the globe for the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign. 

The program is a reminder to change and test the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Carbondale is offering a free service to prevent tragedy from happening within the city.

The fire department says it will provide and install a free smoke detector at the home of any disadvantaged person.

The department is also offering to provide free replacement batteries to anyone who can't afford to purchase one. 

Missing, disconnected or dead batteries account for 71 percent of smoke alarm failures, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. 

Fire officials say changing the batteries and testing the alarms at least once a year is the most effective way to prevent deaths and injuries that can occur during a fire. 

Thousands of people die in fires every year, and the two groups most at risk are children and senior citizens. 

According to the Carbondale Fire Department, house fires kill 500 children under the age of 14 every year, and adults over 75 are nearly three times more likely to die in a house fire. 

For more information about fire safety, contact the City of Carbondale Fire Department at (618) 457-3234.

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