Twice a year – at the start and at the end of daylight saving time – clocks must be reset, and it's the perfect time to “Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries" in smoke detectors.
In an effort to raise awareness about fire safety and prevention, free 9-volt batteries for smoke detectors will be available from 11:35 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 10, outside the Commuter Center, located in the lower level, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
At least one smoke alarm can be found in 96 percent of American homes, but 19 percent of the homes do not have at least one smoke alarm that works, primarily due to missing or dead batteries. This battery giveaway is offered as a reminder to check and replace the batteries in smoke detectors.
“Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries” is funded by the Michael Larson Memorial Fund and sponsored by USG, Public Safety and the Dean of Students Office. The fund was established through a generous donation by the family of Michael Larson, a St. Thomas sophomore who died in a house fire in 2010. The fund was established to promote fire prevention and smoking cessation programs.