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Firefighters Say: Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries!

Firefighters know the importance of home fire safety. That's why the men and women of your Los Angeles Fire Department urge you to change all of the batteries in your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks back to Standard Time this weekend.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM this Sunday, November 3, 2013 - and all clocks should be set back one hour - after you change the batteries in your life saving devices!

So you know about the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery ®" campaign, but...
Do you know when your smoke alarms should be retired?

Yes, we said "retired." Think about it. Your smoke alarms work every minute of every day. After millions of sensing cycles, they should be retired. To learn more about the service life of smoke alarms and more ways to keep your family safe from fire, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds to Ill and Injured from LAX Shooting

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department aided six persons ill or injured as the direct result of a shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday morning, said LAFD Battalion Chief Armando Hogan. Hogan explained that five patients were taken promptly by ambulance to area hospitals, while a sixth person declined medical care.

Summoned by airport officials at 9:28 AM on November 1, 2013 to Terminal 3, Fire Department personnel arrived quickly to an active shooter incident, to find the assailant quickly neutralized and scene secured by law enforcement officials.

During the prompt triage, treatment and transport of the five patients, LAFD joined a Unified Command with the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the airport premises were combed for additional hazards. With none discovered, LAFD transitioned to the role of an "assisting agency", as law enforcement officials continued their active investigation.

In the twelve hours that followed, LAFD strategically deployed more than 125 personnel on a rotating basis to serve the tens of thousands who were isolated within or refrained from reentering the 3,425 acre airport property. Working closely with American Red Cross volunteers, firefighters distributed water, snacks and information to as many persons as possible.

Throughout the day, LAFD Paramedics medically evaluated an additional 27 persons not involved with the shooting, who suffered illness or minor injury while evacuated from, sheltered within or waiting to deplane into terminals at the nation's third busiest airport. Thirteen of those persons were taken to areas hospitals by LAFD Ambulance for further evaluation.

No further details were made available regarding the age, gender, condition, affiliation or circumstances involving those who were ill or injured.

Those seeking additional information are asked to contact the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration and LAX Airport Administration.
Dispatched LAFD Units: E51 RA51 E95 RA95 EM4 BC4 RA63 RA62 EM9 DC1 BC18 E295 T95 E5 E205 E263 T63 BC722 TM8 TM1 RA64 RA66 RA894 RA94 RA43 RA892 EM18 TM5 RA58 BC9 DC718 HL1 E63 E94 E266 T66 E292 T92 H3 RH114 T90 E290 JT4 CM3 CP3 RA62 RA11 RA29 RA11 RA29 RA29 RA892 RA867 RA894 RA257 RA95 RA63 CS3 RA29 CP2
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

What Type of Smoke Alarms Are In Your Home?

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!Did you know there are different types of smoke alarms that are better at alerting you to different types of fires?

Ionization smoke alarms are sensitive to small smoke particles in the air, produced by fast-burning fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms use beams of light and sensors to detect larger smoke particles produced by smoldering fires.

The Los Angeles Fire Department and U.S. Fire Administration recommend dual-sensor alarms that function as both.

Since a working smoke alarm can save your life, it's important to test every smoke alarm in your home monthly by activating the test button. Change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms at least once a year, perhaps when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

And finally, your smoke alarms work every minute of every day. After millions of sensing cycles, they can become less sensitive. It is important to replace any smoke alarm in your home that is more than 10 years old.

For further information, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department