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Henrico County Division of Fire
Friday October 30th, 2009 :: 08:38 a.m. EDT

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Reminder! Change Your Clock - Check Your Batteries and Your Disaster Supply Kit This Weekend!

Help keep your family and friends safe by encouraging them to adopt a simple lifesaving habit.

When you turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night, make a lifesaving change in your household — change the batteries in your smoke alarms. This simple habit takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.

Eighty-three percent of all civilian fire-related deaths are a result of home fires, and on average, nearly three children a day die in these fires. An early warning can provide critical extra seconds to escape; smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive — but only if they work.

Also, remember to check your smoke detectors monthly!

Press the button - don't press your luck!

This is also a great time to check your supplies in your emergency preparedness kit. Check expiration dates on food and water in your kit, and consider switching out clothing and other supplies in your kit. Check out the new Be Ready Henrico page for shopping lists and other useful information to ensure your family is prepared for disasters - http://www.co.henrico.va.us/departments/fire/emergencymgmt/bereadyhenrico .

If you'd like more fire prevention or emergency preparedness information, please contact the Henrico County Division at 804-501-4900, or visit the Division's web site at http://www.henricofire.org.

Address/Location
Henrico County Division of Fire
P.O. Box 90775
County of Henrico, VA 23273-0775

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 804-501-4900

Anna McRay
Division of Fire
mcr@co.henrico.va.us
804-501-7183

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