Fire department's battery-change program saves life

An elderly man was woken by his smoke alarm shortly after the fire department changed his batteries

By Sarah Crandall

CALABASH, N.C. — An elderly man’s life may have been spared Tuesday night thanks to the recent installation of new batteries in his smoke detector, Chief Randy Bork confirmed.

The batteries were changed in the man’s home, along Carter Drive, as part of a fire safety program called Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery. The program allows firefighters to change batteries in the smoke detectors of local community members when setting clocks back for daylight-saving time.

The fire broke out in the man’s heating unit while he was asleep, and the smoke detector alerted him to wake up and allowed him to leave his home safely and call 911.

Full story: Fire department's battery-changing program likely saved elderly man's life

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