Daylight Savings Time begins March 13, and as communities prepare to “spring ahead” one hour, junior firefighters can work with their department to use this time to remind residents to stay fire safe by changing their smoke alarm batteries. Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks.
If smoke alarms are needed in your community, you can help by utilizing the Fire Corps program’s smoke alarm donation program sponsored by First Alert. Your junior firefighter program can register with Fire Corps and apply for these free smoke alarms by simply filling out the Smoke Alarm Request Form. Please keep in mind that quantities are limited and restrictions apply.
When replacing batteries, make sure and take advantage of the Duracell Power Those Who Protect Us campaign. Through the program, Duracell, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, is donating over 10 million batteries to volunteer fire departments to help power life-saving equipment. Consumers can increase the battery donation to their local departments by purchasing specially-marked CopperTop battery packs. For each package purchased, Duracell will make a battery donation to volunteer fire departments to help power communication devices and life-saving equipment. By going to www.duracell.com/protect and entering the donation code on their packaging, consumers can go one step further and specifically earmark their donation to go to their local department.
Find additional resources for implementing a smoke alarm campaign in your community from the USFA’s Install. Inspect. Protect. campaign. Find out more about the Power Those Who Protect Us program at www.duracell.com/en-US/power-those-who-protect-us/about.jspx.