DEAR ABBY: I am a fire officer who has seen too many families experience accidental home fires, many with fatal results. It is devastating to find out that a life could have been saved had someone taken the simple precaution of replacing a dead battery in a smoke alarm. In a recent survey, more than 50 percent of the respondents admitted to removing the batteries in their smoke detector, leaving them inoperable. A working smoke alarm in your home greatly increases your chance of surviving a home fire, but only if it is functional.
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I hope my readers will take your letter to heart as I have, and buy those replacement batteries TODAY if they haven’t already. Yes, I know tomorrow is Halloween, but as distracting as the holiday may be, your family’s safety is more important. If you’re buying candy, grab some batteries. On Saturday night you’ll be turning your clocks back an hour. Before you do, be sure you insert fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and test the alarms.Irresponsible dad DEAR ABBY:
I wish I could tell you how to motivate your father to behave more responsibly, but a lesson you should learn early is that you CAN’T change someone else. Your father is a self-centered individual, but only he can change his behavior.
Small college scholarships are offered by some fraternal organizations. I’m glad you wrote, because it’s never too early to start exploring what’s available. Talk to a counselor at school about what you need to do to earn scholarships. You should also look online or at your local library. You appear to be focused and mature, and with some guidance you can accomplish your goals.© Universal Uclick 10/30