Spring Forward For Life, Fall Back On Safety; 9 Volt Battery drive

Posted March 08, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 11 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013; 9:46 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: n/a, n/a, n/a, n/a

Contact: Victoria Kennedy; 949-4201

Spring Forward for Life, Fall Back on Safety

9 Volt Battery Drive

Who: Victoria Kennedy, senior nursing student and president of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Eastern Maine Community College in cooperation with the Brewer Fire Department and Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Cammack of Local 2162 Brewer Firefighters Union.

What: A 9 volt battery drive to create public awareness and to educate the community on the importance of changing the batteries in their smoke detectors on or around daylight savings time and to provide batteries to those in need.

When: Drop boxes will be available to donate batteries and smoke detectors starting Monday March 11 and will be a continuous program throughout the year.

Where: Drop boxes will be located at Eastern Maine Community College in Maine hall near the business office, Brewer Fire Department and other locations throughout the area.

Why: To help prevent fire related injury and death in the community with public awareness, education and and donations to the older adult and less fortunate population.

Smoke detectors may also be donated

Only new items will be accepted

Monetary donations can NOT be accepted

Contact the Brewer Fire Department at 989-7002 if you are in need of a battery.

Victoria Kennedy is a senior nursing student at EMCC and was given an assignment to do a community health project. She wanted to do a project that would not only educate the community but also make a difference. She had seen a lot of fires on the news resulting in death and injury and saw a need that needed to be filled. People on a fixed income often have to choose between food and medicine let alone be able to afford batteries. Victoria saw that as a real issue and decided to do her project on educating older adults on the importance of changing the batteries in their smoke detectors. Her project has evolved into a community wide drive to help prevent fire related injury and will hopefully continue for years to come.