Free smoke alarm batteries available at all Minneapolis fire stations
The end of Daylight-saving time is traditionally a time of year when people change the batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 30, 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 (batteries are available on a first come, first-served basis). 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. 3 at 2 a.m.
In addition to providing free batteries at all Minneapolis fire stations, the Minneapolis Fire Department and Energizer will host a fire safety event Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall & Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE (Media are welcome to attend).
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.
Simple Home Fire Safety Tips:
- When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This can help save lives.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working.
- Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home. Minnesota law requires every home to have at least one smoke alarm per level. In new construction, a smoke alarm must be installed in each sleeping room and in a point centrally located in the corridor. These alarms must be interconnected.
- Plan, discuss and practice an escape route with your family for dangerous situations such as home fires, carbon monoxide leaks and natural disasters.
- Do not to ignore the chirping sound your smoke alarm makes when maintenance is required.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms.
For locations of Minneapolis fire stations visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/fire/stations/index.htm.
Published Oct. 29, 2013