It's that time again: change smoke alarm batteries
Alpharetta Fire to hand out free batteries
February 26, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Daylight Savings Time change will take place on Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. Clocks are turned forward one hour. That means it's time to update smoke detectors.
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.
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.
The simplest way to avoid harm due to fires is to keep smoke alarms active and charged.
The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety will hand out free smoke detector batteries to citizens and business representatives at each Alpharetta fire station starting Sunday, March 9 until supplies are exhausted. The batteries are donated by Duracell.