March 7, 2014
When you turn your clocks one hour forward this weekend for daylight saving time, remember to do one more thing.
The Charlottesville Fire Department wants to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Fire officials say having a working smoke alarm can give you and your family and early warning in case of fire, and increases your chances of escaping a fire in your home by about 66 percent.
And they say if you don't have a smoke alarm, there's no need to go out and buy one. City firefighters will come install one for you.
"The firefighters will come by free of charge," Charlottesville Fire Department Chief Rich Jones said. "There is no charge for the service, and we will install smoke alarms in your residence, because it's the goal of the Charlottesville Fire Department to have working smoke alarms in every residence in the city."
If you would like a free smoke alarm, you can call the city smoke alarm hotline at 434-970-3245.
Firefighters will set up an appointment to bring one to you.