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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, January 31, 2011

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Ames, IOWA --- Two hundred fire departments all across the state now have dozens of 9-volt batteries that will be used to help protect Iowa's seniors from the life-threatening effects of home fires.

This weekend the Office of the State Fire Marshal distributed 13,000 9-volt batteries at the Annual State Fire School, through Operation Safe Senior. When local departments signed up for Operation Safe Senior, firefighters pledged to check for and install the free batteries in smoke detectors at the homes of seniors when dispatched for welfare checks, home hazard inspections and medical calls. The program was created through a partnership with the Iowa Department on Aging, American Red Cross, and Energizer Batteries.

In Iowa alone over the last 5 years, more than 25 percent of the state's fire fatalities were citizens over the age of 65. Operation Safe Senior aims to curb this devastating statistic.

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