You Are One Step Away From Protecting Your Family and Home Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery


Radio Interviews Available:
Chief John Sinclair – First Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Thursday, October 29, 2015
7am – 12pm ET
With Fall comes shorter days and longer nights. As we prepare to turn our clocks an hour back, it’s also an important time for routine maintenance on our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
A working smoke alarm can make the difference in giving you and your family the critical extra seconds to safely escape from a fire. Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms, and 71% of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Adopt the simple lifesaving habit of changing the battery in your smoke alarm and keep fire safety a priority in your household.
Energizer’s Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program reminds us how important it is to change the batteries and test our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when we change our clocks for the end of daylight saving time. On Thursday, October 29th, Fire Chief John Sinclair will share simple life-saving habits that will protect your home and family from a possible tragedy. His tips will include a household safety checklist, ways to ensure smoke detectors are properly working, and proactive plans in the case of an emergency. Together, we can help reduce the number of home fires as a result of nonworking smoke alarms and make sure families nationwide stay safe.
About John Sinclair:
Chief John Sinclair is currently the fire chief of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue and Emergency Manager for the City of Ellensburg in Washington State. He has held many positions in the fire and emergency service during his career, including firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, battalion chief, assistant chief and deputy chief.

Chief Sinclair was a member of the IAFC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Section for 19 years and served a four-year term as chair. Additionally, Chief Sinclair served on the Advisory Board of Fire and Emergency Television Network (FETN), the Advisory Board for Tacoma Community College and Central Washington University’s Paramedic Program and nine years on the Board of Directors for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Currently he represents the fire service on the National EMS Advisory Council.
Chief Sinclair has worked with the American College of Surgeons Hartford Consensus I and II on Mass Casualty Incident Management and also assisted the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control with a Bystander Response Project.

Station Note: This segment is brought to you by Energizer & the International Association of Fire Chiefs.