From the City of Alpharetta:
Each year, during the daylight-savings time change period, the International Association of Fire Chiefs reminds us to test and change the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
This year, the daylight savings time change will take place on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00am. Clocks are turned forward 1 hour.
The Alpharetta Fire Services reminds our 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.
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.
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 in a news release.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out quickly.
Even though communities across America witness home fire deaths each year, we can work together to help significantly reduce the number of fires. Remember- test your smoke alarms and then change your batteries!
The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety will be handing out free smoke detector batteries to citizens and business representatives at each Alpharetta fire station starting Sunday, March, 9th, 2014 until supplies are exhausted.
See the attached release for exact locations.