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Posted on: November 3, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery: Fremont Fire Department Offers Assistance

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On the morning of November 6, 2016 when you turn your clock back for the end of daylight saving time, use that extra hour for a life-saving action, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The Fremont Fire Department is taking part in a smoke detector battery replacement program. The fire department wants to help members of the community who are unable to purchase a new battery or change their old one.

Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone. Despite the increased number of homes with smoke detectors, the issue is keeping the devices working. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. And 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Smoke detectors give advance warning in a fire--a situation where minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

SENIOR CITIZENS or DISABLED INDIVIDUALS who are unable to replace their own batteries, and would like to have their detectors checked and batteries replaced, should contact the Fremont Fire Department at 727-2688. A member of the fire department will then make arrangements to replace the battery free of charge.

Please join us and make sure your detectors are working.
A working smoke detector cuts your chance of dying in a fire nearly in half.

If you live in the city of Fremont, call 402-727-2688 to make an appointment to change the battery in your smoke detector!

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