AFD reminds citizens to change smoke alarm batteries this weekend

Beginning of Daylight Savings Time and Clock Change Serves as Reminder

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Austinites will “spring forward” with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, moving their clocks forward one hour until the fall. According to the Austin Fire Department (AFD), this event is an excellent opportunity to remind folks to also check—and, if necessary, change—the batteries in their smoke alarms. The number one reason that lives are saved in a fire is the presence of a working smoke alarm, which can cut the risk of dying in a house fire by almost 50 percent.

“A live battery is the simplest, cheapest life insurance you can buy,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr. “It only takes a few minutes to check and change the battery, but it could save your life. If you or someone you know needs a working smoke alarm, we can provide them at no cost. Just call our Smoke Alarm Hotline at (512) 974-0299.”

The Austin Fire Department was founded on September 25, 1857 and is now one of the 20 largest departments in the country, with 45 fire stations located throughout the city and more than 1,100 employees. For more information about life-saving fire prevention, please visit www.austinfiredepartment.org.

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