Free smoke alarm batteries available at all Minneapolis fire stations

Daylight-saving time is traditionally a time of year when people change the batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Beginning today, residents can pick up free 9-volt batteries at all Minneapolis fire stations so they can put new, fresh batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries are courtesy of Energizer as part of the company’s “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” program. Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m.

In addition to providing free batteries at Minneapolis fire stations, the Minneapolis Fire Department and Energizer will canvass a neighborhood around the University of Minnesota Tuesday, Oct. 30 to distribute more batteries, provide fire safety tips and remind residents the importance of changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. (Media are welcome to attend. Meet at Fire Station 19, 200 Ontario St. SE at 3 p.m.).

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than one-third (38 percent) of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while one-quarter (24 percent) resulted from fires in homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate.

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Published Oct. 26, 2012