For release: IMMEDIATELY
Release Date: 03/10/2017
Mayor Broome urges residents to remember to spring forward, check smoke detectors
Office of Mayor-President
City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge
SHARON WESTON BROOME
March 10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100
Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957
BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome reminds citizens to set your clocks forward one hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m.
“This is also a good time to check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order and change your batteries,” Mayor Broome said. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our families safe.”
Officials estimate more than 16 million households nationwide have smoke alarms that don’t work due to dead or missing batteries.
Baton Rouge Fire Department Chief Ed Smith adds that “a working smoke detector can increase a family’s survival by more than 50 percent. We also encourage all of you to practice your escape plans and establish your meeting place.”
The Mayor also recommends checking your carbon monoxide detectors and other household alarms.