Moraine fire department trying something new to remind people to change smoke detector batteries

Moraine fire department tries new way to remind people to change smoke detector batteries (WDTN Photo)
Moraine fire department tries new way to remind people to change smoke detector batteries (WDTN Photo)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – This year fire fighters in Moraine did something new to help remind people to change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors.

Fire fighters say it is an important message they try to get out around daylight saving time.

David Clapper, a Lieutenant Vandalia Fire Department said,”Make sure they’re operational. They do save lives. Early detection is extremely important.”

“We’ve had plenty of times where people have had detectors and there batteries don’t work and the detectors doesn’t work and they’ve had a tragic affect,” said Lieutenant Gary Retting with Moraine Fire Department.

It’s those tragic events the Moraine Fire Department is trying to prevent, so they’re taking a new step this year.

Lt. Rettig says this year they did what’s called a code red message for people living in Moraine.

“We can pick a community and we can basically say we want to send this message out to all those in the community on their phones,” said Lt. Rettig. “We send the message or type the message, that message gets automated and it gets sent out o the residents to advise them on whatever we want to let them know about.”

He says they have been telling people to change their batteries during daylight saving time for a while and this new method would hopefully get the message to more people.

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