Rural/Metro Fire Department has a reminder for residents: You have the month of April to pick up free batteries for your smoke-alarm detector. The “Don’t Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery program,” urges residents to maintain smoke alarms and to develop and practice exit drills in the home.
Daylight-saving time begins Sunday but time stays the same in Arizona.
On Friday, siblings Tommy, 11, and Erika Jefferson, 8, of Scottsdale, practiced exit drills at the Rural/Metro’s facility at 4141 N. Granite Reef Drive.
To provide the batteries, Rural/Metro partnered with BatteriesPlus stores in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Yuma and Tucson, where residents can pick up free batteries this month.
Fire department officials also discussed safety concerns at the drill.
A residential fire happens every 77 seconds throughout the United States, and 3,190 deaths occur annually from house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
People are urged to check their smoke alarms twice yearly, and practice an emergency exit drill monthly, said Rural/ Metro Fire Chief Mike Norton.
“When a fire breaks out in your house, you have three to five minutes to get out of the house,” Norton said.
“In 25 percent of the house fires across the United States, the smoke alarm wasn’t working because the batteries were dead or they were improperly placed in the alarm. We’re just trying to do our part to eliminate Maricopa County from those statistics,” he said.
For information visit www.rmfire.com.