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Fall Back Spring Forward - Our Firehouse Visit #ChangeYourClock

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We live in a great neighborhood. I like to call it one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs. Our neighbors are amazing and are always willing to help out each other. We are each other's neighborhood watch since we watch each other's house when the other isn't around. With the bad press the police department have been getting, I have to say that ours is amazing. Our fire department even more so. With this being fire safety month they encourage visits to the fires station, so with Fall here and the time change coming in just a few weeks I decided to take Madison to visit some of our finest fire fighters. We all know the saying "fall back and spring forward" meaning to change your clock in the fall and in the spring. We decided to pay them a visit and get some safety tips and also see what it's like to be a fire fighter. While you can just show up and they're always willing to show you around, I decided to call and find out when would be the best time to come. I was told any time after 8am as they would be changing shifts around then.

As can be expected Madison was super excited to go out. She loves our men in uniform, whether they be our fire fighters or our police officers. Something maybe about hearing the sirens or seeing the lights but I think she loves their vehicles a lot more than she loves them. We met up with the team at our Fire Station 3 and they were just as excited to see her as she was to see them. Turned out that they are there almost all day unless they get a call so it can get a bit boring there and this day she became an honorary fire fighter.

We got a few safety tips and even a few that we had no idea about that I want to share with you.

1. Teach your children to dial 911 including your toddlers and pre-schoolers. Yes even at that age in the event of an emergency. You want them to be able to make that phone call in the event of anything life threatening.

2. Always have an exit plan in the event of a fire. Discuss this plan with everyone in the home so that in the event of a fire everyone will be on the same page. Keep doors and windows clear of obstacles so that you will be able to get out easily.

3. Have a safe place. Once you are outside have a safe place to meet up and account for everyone. Our safe place in the event of a fire is at my neighbors house across the street and everyone knows this.Your fire fighters will meet you there and make sure everyone is safe and ok.

4. Don't ever go back in the house once you get outside. That's what our firefighters are there for. No pet, stuffed animal, cash, important document is worth your life. Your firefighter will get that for you. It's why they wear these special protective gear. We found out that their gear can withstand up to 800 degrees of heat. So don't ever go back! Once you're outside call the fire department.

5. Once a month do a fire safety drill. Practice, practice, practice. They say practice makes perfect so that everyone knows what to do and what to expect. Teach your kids how to crawl on the ground because there is less smoke the lower to the ground you go. We found out that more people die from smoke inhalation than they do from the actual fire. Also teach them the stop, drop and roll method.

6. Hang your smoke detectors as high as you can preferably on the roof and your carbon monoxide monitor as low as you can. Now the reasoning for this as our firefighter explained to us is that smoke rises to the top while carbon monoxide tends to go low to the ground. I always hung mine at the same level so had to change that.

7. Change your batteries every 6 months in your fire detector and carbon monoxide monitor. A rule of thumb is to change it when you change your clock. So when the clock goes backwards in the fall change them, and change them again in the spring when it goes forward.

When it comes to batteries I trust no other than Energizer® MAX®. You can find them in your local Walmart in the battery center and I made sure to grab a pack so that I could change mine when the time comes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 71% of non-functioning smoke alarms had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The goal of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery is to remind everyone to replace the batteries in their home’s smoke detectors so when you change your clocks for daylight savings so you will have functioning smoke alarms.

Today we invite you to adopt a simple life-saving habit: When you change the time on your clocks on Nov. 1, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Energizer® has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for 28 years on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, and they have an incredibly important goal: to change behavior and save lives.

Let's discuss: Do you have a safety plan in place for your family and do you practice them? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Chris is a firefighter in the military, so we hung out at the fire station all the time when he was still active.

  2. Excellent advice throughout this post! You stated it so clearly. We haven't done a drill in our house for quite a while. I think we will this year since it's fresh on my mind. Thank you.

  3. Love it! We use Energizer too for everything including cell batteries for Gabby's hearing aides. Feels like they never run out. I'd love to experience a day at the fire station with gabby. Let's see what our local stations say

  4. It is so important to have kids prepared for emergencies! It's never too early to teach them what to do in case of a fire or other situation. We always had them draw maps with our meeting place on it!

  5. We have monthly fire drills in our dayhome so the kids know what to do, where to go and how to keep safe.
    We have turned it into a game so it's really fun for the kid and not scary at all.

  6. Thanks for the reminder to change the batteries in my smoke alarms! So important to review fire safety with the whole family.

  7. I remember when son was younger we had to stop fro every fire truck. He loved the bright red color of them .

  8. Smart girl there loving the men in uniform :)
    I need to check all my batteries! Thanks for the reminder!

  9. We have several smoke alarms in the house and make sure to change the batteries on a regular basis. Teaching small children how to call 911 is really important.

  10. It's so great to talk about these safety plans during the time changes. We did that as a kid and consistently discussed them twice a year. It's important! And never too early.

  11. Great and timely post and I am glad you showed children involved - best to teach kids young the importance of fire safety.

  12. We've just had both fitted in our place after we complained to the landlord about not having any. They are a simple lifesaver, it's so important!

  13. Thanks for the reminder! I need to change those batteries and could probably use a new alarm or 2!

  14. Our fire station in my neighborhood just did an open house where families could come and learn all about firefighting. They even took families on a ride in the fire trucks!

  15. How fun for her to go! I love that last picture, lol!! This is an important post. Especially the part about people thinking they could go back in to get something. Oy!

  16. These are good ideas to know about fire safety. I had no idea about making sure smoke detectors are installed high. It makes so much sense and yet I never thought about it.

  17. As a Blogger .. I rely on Energizer for so many different things from my digital camera to simple things in the home. Its nice you live in a safe neighborhood and that you have a good relationship with the Fire Department. Amazing Photos by the way

  18. I had no idea you were from Colorado too! Colorado Springs is a great place and teaching your kids about safety and respecting our heros is awesome!

  19. I;m glad you live in a good neighborhood there, as I've heard some terrible things that have gone on in CS, but just couldn't beleive it. I actually just flew out of there last week and have always loved going there. I've got to take my son to our Fire department - I know he would love it.

  20. It looks like Madison had an amazing visit to the local firehouse! All of the men in uniform look so friendly and like they were so excited to show her around! I love all of these safety tips! It is so important to teach children these things early!

  21. I totally have a soft spot for firefighters. Their job is so incredibly dangerous and they do an amazing job. I always used to take my kids to the firehouse when they were little - I think I was just as excited to go as they were. #client


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