Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center reminds people to make the safety switch

Free smoke detector batteries available at four locations

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center is offering free smoke detector batteries to local residents as a reminder to make the safety switch and change out smoke alarm batteries each year.

“So many lives could be saved, and so many injuries prevented if every home had a working smoke detector,” said Dr. Tracee Short, Medical Director of the Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center. “We see far too many people hurt in fires that could have been prevented. Changing your batteries over Daylight Savings Time is a great way to help you keep your smoke detector working properly.”

According to the Red Cross, seven people die every day in home fires. And more than 13,000 people are injured each year, with $7 billion in property damage occurring as a result. Home fires are more likely to occur in the fall and winter, with the highest risk in December and January.

One of the most important parts of keeping homes safe is a working smoke detector. The Regional Burn Center will distribute free smoke detector batteries at the hospital’s Mid City and Bluebonnet locations on Friday, October 30 between 1-4 p.m. Batteries will also be available at the Sunday in the Park concert in Downtown Baton Rouge on November 1 between 2-5 p.m. and at the Council on Aging throughout the week of October 26-November 1, while supplies last.

Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the country and treats 90 percent of all burns in the region each year. Since 2009, the Burn Center has cared for more than 8,200 patients.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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