As Hurricane Sandy keeps getting closer to us here in Western Pennsylvania, forecasters are calling for high winds over 50 MPH and the potential for flooding. In fact, Pennsylvania has already been declared in a state of emergency. Even though we are hoping that this storm will pass without doing much damage, we are planning for the worst.

This is why I was so excited when, through the sheets of rain, the FedEx delivery man brought a box full of goodies from Energizer. Energizer is currently in the midst of a campaign to help promote household safety and improve emergency preparedness. This is why Energizer has started its Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign.

This year Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 4. This is also the 25th anniversary of Engergizer’s Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery, a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries. Replacing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time each year it makes it less likely that you will forget to replace the batteries.

In addition to making sure that your house is guarded against carbon monoxide and fires, it is also important that you prepare for other emergencies that may arise. With the hurricane approaching, we have been stocking up on supplies such as batteries for the flashlights, candles, and water.

In the pack of supplies I got from Energizer, I received an emergency flashlight and a flameless wax candle which will be perfect if we do in fact lose power. Especially the flameless candle. I am always nervous when it comes to candles because it is so easy to knock them over or get something too close. This way, I don’t have to worry about the candle starting a fire.

The emergency LED flashlight is also something that can come in handy not only during the storm, but also for other situations such as if your car breaks down. On the handle of the flashlight there is an emergency checklist that includes items such as the phone number for the police and the hospital, and also includes a safety whistle. The best part is that the flashlight can run on AAA, AA, or C batteries.

Want to score your own emergency kit from Energizer?

Energizer is generously offering Third Stop on the Right readers the opportunity to win a Family Safety kit, complete with a reusable grocery tote. This kit includes:

  • One 2-pack of Energizer® MAX® Batteries (9v) with Power Seal Technology – Dependable, powerful performance for the devices that help keep your family safe; now hold their charge when stored for up to 5 years
  • One Energizer® Flameless Wax Candle – Enjoy the realistic flicker of a scented wax candle without the worry of open flame or hassle of soot and dripping wax
  • One Energizer® Weatheready® Safety Light – Waterproof flashlight powered by AA, AAA or C cell batteries; includes safety whistle and imprinted preparedness checklist
  • One Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm

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Looking for more opportunities to win?

From October 11 through November 4, visit the Energizer Bunny® Facebookpage and click on the Fire Safety Info Tab.  Here you will have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win an additional Family Safety Kit.  Energizer will be giving away one Family Safety Kit per day for 25 days.  Contained in the kit, valued at more than $150 is:

  • One reusable grocery tote
  • Two Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
  • One package of Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries
  • One package of Energizer® MAX® Batteries (AA) with Power Seal Technology – Dependable, powerful performance for the devices that help keep your family safe; now hold their charge when stored for up to 10 years
  • Two Energizer flashlights
  • Two Energizer Flameless Wax Candles
  • One Energizer Bunny Plush Bunny

What are some ways you and your family have prepared for an emergency?

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  1. Living in area that get hurricanes, we have an stocked emergency kit. We also have flashlight in every room in our house.

  2. We have emergency supplies stored in our basement that includes food, water, batteries and some cash etc. We also have a generator with enough gas to run it for several days.

  3. My family has a 72hr kit for each member plus extra items. We also have an evacuation/emergency plan for various types of emergencies.

  4. Everyone has bugout bags in their car or at their work along with one at home in case something happens. There is extra food water, etc in them.

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