There’s no excuse for having a dead battery in Beatrice where city administrator Linda Grell says they’ve won a grant for thousands of nine-volt batteries.
“It was a real thrill to be one of 72 cities in the United States to receive this grant,” Grell says. “It was a little overwhelming on the amount. I thought we were getting 8,000 and actually we were getting 36,000 batteries.”
There are some 12,000 residents in Beatrice, so that’s about three batteries per resident. Based on the price of batteries, the grant is worth more than $138,000.
The Keep Beatrice Beautiful organization received the batteries which are being distributed through the fire department. Beatrice Fire Captain Jeremy Seggerman says residents are already snapping them up.
“They can just stop down at the fire station and pick them up,” Seggerman says, “or if somebody’s not able to make it down or not physically able to change their batteries, they can call the station and set up a time and our guys will go out and install them for them and check their smoke detectors.”
The National Fire Protection Association says two-thirds of fire deaths in the U.S. happen in homes where smoke alarms either don’t work or don’t exist.
The grant is a partnership between Duracell and Keep America Beautiful.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice