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Time to change those smoke alarm batteries

November 21, 2012
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Each year, during the daylight-saving time change period, the International Association of Fire Chiefs reminds members of the public to test and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Alpharetta Fire Services reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Residents are encouraged to change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.

Tragically, home fires kill hundreds of children ages 14 and under each year and adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.

"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 changing your batteries," said Alpharetta Fire Marshal David Morris.

Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, but everyone can work together to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.

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