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Fire district reminds residents to change smoke detector batteries

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. CDT
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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson (left) and district captain for 2014, Nick Asta (right) invited district residents to drive up to a fire engine parked at the Braymore Hills subdivision entrance in Inverness to receive free smoke detector batteries while exchanging old ones.

INVERNESS – Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials gave away more than 60 smoke detector batteries at a public information event in the Braymore Hills subdivision of Inverness on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event was intended to draw attention to how smoke detectors save lives.

District Fire Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson joined district President Tom Rowan and Secretary Paul Heinze to distribute the new, free batteries and collect used ones. Also present was Nick Asta, who will serve as a BCFPD captain in 2014.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of reported home fire deaths across the country occur in situations where there are no working smoke detectors.

BCFPD officials said smoke detectors have been proven to reduce the risk of fire deaths by 50 percent, and recommend that district residents test their homes' smoke detectors once per month, changing the batteries twice per year.

A banner displayed on Barrington Road during Saturday's event reminded drivers to "change your clock, change your batteries," in conjunction with the start and end of Daylight saving time.

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