Smoke detectors saved lives in recent Galesburg fire

October 29, 2013 04:30 PM
Daylight‐savings time ends Sunday, November 3 and marks the 26th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The program reminds us to test and change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.
A Galesburg resident credits this message with saving his life and the life of his wife. In the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23, homeowners Ralph and Kaye Beasley heard recently installed smoke detectors sounding off in the basement of their 386 Jefferson Street home. Kaye Beasley had been napping on the main floor and Ralph Beasley was on the second floor of the two-story home. Both heard the smoke detector in the basement alerting them to an otherwise unnoticed dryer fire and evacuated the home. Mr. Beasley told Fire Marshall Dan Foley, "I knew the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® was coming up so I added some new smoke detectors with 10 year batteries just a week ago."
"Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely," says Fire Chief Tom Simkins.
Fire Marshal Dan Foley added, "Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program."
The fire was limited to the area around the clothes dryer in the basement and estimates are still being written on the cost of the fire and smoke damage to their home.
The Galesburg Fire Department strongly urges residents to observe the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® on November 3, 2013. For more information about fire safety, call the Galesburg Fire Department at 309/345-3756 or call the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® hotline 314/727‐5700, x108 or e‐mail
Beasley House with message provided by the Galesburg Fire Department.


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