Fire Department Giving Away 9-Volt Smoke Alarm Batteries

The Topeka Fire Department and Batteries Plus are once again teaming up to promote “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.” This campaign is an effort to remind citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms, when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time (DST), March 8th.

Batteries Plus has made available through the Topeka Fire Department, several hundred 9-volt – smoke alarm batteries. These batteries will be available (no more than two per household), at all City of Topeka fire stations, effectively immediately and until supplies have run out. Our goal is to enhance awareness of the need to change the batteries in smoke alarms, every six-month.

In order to get your free batteries, please stop by your closest Topeka fire station, between the hours of 9 am and 7:30pm, Monday through Friday; starting Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Additional tidbit information:
• Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change.
• On August 8, 2005 President Bush signed into law an energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time by 4 (four), weeks – beginning in 2007; since then the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November each year, mark the beginning and ending of DST.
• Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00am Daylight Saving Time officially begins in the United States; it will end on Sunday, November 1, 2009.


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