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04/02/06

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Captain Robert Barksdale shows Edna Fitzpatrick how to check her smoke detector. Captain Robert Barksdale shows Edna Fitzpatrick how to check her smoke detector.

We're back on Daylight Saving Time, the time of year when we turn our clocks ahead an hour, giving us an extra hour of daylight. The Savannah Fire Department says it's also a convenient reminder to change the battery in your smoke detector, when you change your clock. Firefighters will even install it for you.

Edna Fitzpatrick says she can't remember the last time she changed or checked her smoke detector. She's not alone.

Savannah Fire Captain Robert Barksdale said, "The majority of people in Savannah don't have smoke detectors in their house."

That's why the Savannah Fire Department is working hard to educate homeowners about the importance of checking their smoke detector's batteries. They say it's easiest to remember if you do it twice a year: when we turn our clocks ahead an hour in the spring and when we turn them back in the fall. Some people, like Fitzpatrick, called the fire department to inspect their smoke detectors.

"I haven't had anything looked at in a while," Fitzpatrick explained, "so I wanted to make sure everything was working properly."

After firefighters inspected her home, they learned her smoke detector was hooked up through her security system and was running just fine. They did; however, make one addition for her safety.

"She only had one smoke detector for the whole house," said Captain Barksdale, "so we decided to install another one on the opposite side of the house."

Fitzpatrick said she'll sleep a little easier knowing she's a little safer.

If you'd like help changing the battery in your smoke detector or you don't have one, call the Savannah Fire Department at 651-6758. Many other fire departments offer the service as well, so if you live outside of Savannah call your local fire department.

Reported By: Christy Hutchings; chutchings@wtoc.com

 

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