Edgewater Fire-Rescue suggests Sunday's 'spring forward' on time as a good time to change emergency batteries

EDGEWATER -- As the time change approaches on Sunday, Edgewater Fire-Rescue wants to remind residents to make another change that is important – changing the batteries in their flashlights and portable radios, said Jill Danigel, spokeswoman.

The spring and summer months brings with them heightened awareness of severe weather, she said.

"Storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters can instantly disrupt our daily lives by suddenly leaving us without electrical power," Danigel said. "A short power outage might result in no more than the inconvenience of having to reset electric clocks. But loss of electrical power for longer duration can place us at risk of injury, illness or even death."

Working flashlights, one for each family member, help people avoid injuries in a darkened environment. By contrast, lighted candles are a risky lighting source. Candles pose a particularly dangerous risk of fires in stormy conditions, especially when there is a potential for a gas leak.

An emergency power kit can help families stay safe and connected in the event of a power outage. An emergency power kit includes these essential elements: portable radio, working flashlights, portable cell phone charger and extra batteries.

Edgewater Fire-Rescue recommends that residents use the occasion of the switch to Daylight Savings Time as a timely reminder to be ready for whatever stormy conditions might come their way, Danigel said

"The department stands ready to help families develop home safety plans and advise people on how to prepare safety kits," she said.

For more information about home emergency safety, call Edgewater Fire-Rescue at 386-424-2445.

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