MAKING CHANGE: Reminder From Firefighters

Firefighters will hit the streets of one neighborhood this Halloween. West Des Moines Firefighters will canvas the Valley Junction neighborhood starting at 6 p.m.

Firefighters will install nine volt batteries in people’s smoke detectors. Energizer chose the department as one of 25 across the country for the program.

Fire Marshall Mike Whitsell says this is a good reminder because we “fall back” this weekend with the time change. He says as you change your clocks, you need to change your batteries in you smoke detector.

And, you may need to even change your smoke detector. He says, “Detectors have a shelf life of 10 years. If you have detectors that are 10 years or older, it’s a great time to go and change those.” Whitsell says home improvement stores now sell replacement interconnected smoke detectors for newer homes.

Leave your porch lights on, if you live in the Valley Junction neighborhood of West Des Moines and would like to participate, although firefighters will knock on all doors.

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