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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DeKalb Fire and Rescue Event to Promote Fire Safety Awareness October 7

DeKalb Fire and Rescue, The Home Depot and Energizer Host Community Event to Change Behaviors and Save Lives

U.S. Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone.* On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day.*

DeKalb Fire and Rescue, The Home Depot and Energizer are teaming up to help lower this toll by hosting an event to promote fire safety awareness and encourage Atlanta-area residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks on daylight saving time. The partnership is part of Energizer’s annual Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.

The fire safety awareness event on October 7 from 12-3 p.m. at The Home Depot in Decatur will include appearances from the Energizer Bunny, local firefighters, a fire truck, fire safety demonstrations, fun Energizer giveaways, family-friendly activities and educational materials. The event will provide a fun environment for families and individuals to learn how they can take simple, preventative steps to protect their loved ones and home.

While there’s been an increase of homes with smoke detectors, the issue now is keeping the devices working. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal 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.

Sent in by Madison Heinsohn

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