CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)--The Chattanooga Fire Department, along with staff and volunteers with the American Red Cross, will distribute free smoke alarms in the residential area between Hixson Pike and Hamill Road. 

Smoke detectors will be distributed on Saturday, March 13, 2010. The operation will originate from the parking lot at the Sports Barn North at 1790 Hamill Road.

This event will start at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to last about two hours.  Other participants in this important event include:  Boy Scouts of America, the fire department's Young Citizens Academy, Miller-Motte Technical College, Fraternal Order of Firefighters, Chattanooga Firefighters Association – Local 820, and the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters.

This event coincides with the weekend when you change your clocks forward one hour to Daylight Saving Time before you go to bed on Saturday.  The Chattanooga Fire Department encourages everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at least once each year.  An easy way to remember is to change these batteries when you change your clocks.