Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Smoke Detector Batteries

The Darke County Solid Waste Management District along with Darke County Homeland Security and EMA will team up with our local Fire Departments to get the word out on a simple life-saving tip, "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries." Replacing home smoke detector batteries is a small and easy step that can mean the difference between life and death.

In preparation for daylight-saving time on Sunday, November 6, the district and your local fire departments want you to know that when you change your clock, it's also time to take an extra minute to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Fresh batteries are critical in insuring smoke detectors work when fire breaks out. Nonetheless, changing those batteries is something people forget to do more often than not.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 8:00-12 Noon, the district will underscore the importance of the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries" message by hosting a 9-volt battery exchange in conjunction with the district’s household hazardous waste event.

Also participating in the battery exchange are the following entities with their event dates:

Sept 3-5 2011 — Liberty Twp Fire Dept
11:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

Oct 1, 2011 — Arcanum Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day
Noon to 4:00 pm

Oct 2 - Nov 10, 2011 — City of Greenville Fire Dept.
M-Th 8:00 am to 4:30 pm & Fri 8 am to 1 pm

Oct 2—8, 2011; Oct 27, 2011 & Oct 30, 2011— Ansonia Fire Dept
Times TBA

Oct 3— Nov 11, 2011 — Darke Co Solid Waste Dist.
M—F 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

Oct 3— Nov 11, 2011 — Darke Co Homeland Security/EMA
M—F 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

Hollansburg Fire Dept.
Times and Dates—TBA

Union City, OH Fire Dept.
Times and Dates—TBA

Simply bring your spent 9-volt batteries to one of the events listed above, and we’ll exchange them with new batteries. There will be a limit of 5 batteries exchanged per Darke County Address. This event is FREE to all Darke County Residents!

For more information on this event and other district sponsored events, visit our website at or call the office at 937-547-0827.


  1. Thank God we live in a nanny state. Will they be going door to door so the people are not forced to get off their couches and replace the batteries themselves?

  2. no one is forcing you to attend or participate. what sort of miserable existance do you lead when, of all things, this is what you choose to go out of your way to write a comment on simply to complain?

  3. This is a great program. I hope we see more like this. maybe we could start a program to wipe these peoples butts too. Why should a citizen be expected to do for himself when Big brother can do it?

  4. It's more about awareness than babysitting people! It is a good thing! If it saves one person's life, it is well worth it! What is wrong with you negative nellies?


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