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Mercer Island firefighters to give away smoke alarm batteries at QFC this weekend
Mercer Island firefighters will be present at the north and south end QFCs on Saturday, March 9, as part of the "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" program, a national home fire safety campaign.
The firefighters will be at the north end QFC from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and at the south end QFC from 1 to 3 p.m.
According to the fire department, an estimated 600 individuals under the age of 20 die in home fires each year — tragedies that can be avoided with working smoke alarms. Eighty percent of these deaths in the United States occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
The Mercer Island Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Chiefs sponsor the program, which calls for Americans to adopt the life-saving habit of changing smoke alarm batteries when clocks are changed in the spring and fall.
QFC will be donating 9V batteries to give away on March 9 while supplies last, to be used to replace old batteries in smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors.