FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 8, 2013
Contact: Division Chief Eve Tolefree, (785) 830-7009
Change your smoke alarm batteries this weekend!
(Lawrence, Kan.) - When the daylight saving time begins this Sunday morning, March 10, the Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives - changing the batteries in their smoke alarms. Clocks should ‘spring forward’ by one hour on Sunday morning.
Only operating smoke alarms provide protection to residents. The most commonly cited causes of non-working smoke alarms are worn or missing batteries. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce deaths and injuries from fires. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.
“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,” said Division Chief Eve Tolefree.
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