Fire Chief Sheets: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

A timely reminder from Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets as we “spring forward” one hour for daylight saving time Sunday, March 9.

Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets
Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets


It has been a tough winter for fires around the village. At least 15 structural fires have occurred in the village this winter -- the total number of structural fires that Oak Lawn typically experiences in a single year. One of those fires occurred in a home that did not have working smoke alarms, where two people died. Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets offers this timely reminder as we “spring forward” one hour on Sunday for Daylight Saving Time.

As daylight saving time approaches on March 9, the Oak Lawn Fire and Rescue Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives as we turn the clocks ahead one hour on Sunday morning -- changing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Oak Lawn Fire and Rescue Department has joined the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The program urges Americans to adopt a simple, life saving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when we “spring forward” by turning our clocks ahead one hour for daylight saving time.

The peak time for fires is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

In addition, Oak Lawn Fire and Rescue Chief George Sheets recommends that residents use the “extra”  hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning “two ways out” of a home or business, and practicing escape routes with the entire family. Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.

Visit the Oak Lawn Fire and Rescue Department to learn more fire safety tips and the department.

The Oak Lawn Fire Department is well stocked with smoke alarms. If you or a neighbor need one, contact OLFD. Smoke alarms are FREE to residents and the fire department will help you install it in your home.

Joe Kocur March 08, 2014 at 07:00 AM
Thanks chief!! Couldn't have done this with out your help!! Also can you tell me should I put gas in the car when it's on E or F? Do I stop on the green light or go? Thanks
anthony March 08, 2014 at 01:03 PM
hey the public service announcement gets itemized on the budget... Might as well get something out of it
Jerry March 11, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Um, don't we LOSE an hour in the spring?


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