• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Partners with Kingsport Fire Department to Distribute Batteries

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    October 23, 2018
    Robin Cleary, Director
    Keep Kingsport Beautiful

    Keep Kingsport Beautiful Partners with Kingsport Fire Department to Distribute 18,000 Batteries to Residents as part of National Fire Prevention Month
    Kingsport, TN (October 16, 2018) – Keep Kingsport Beautiful is one of 42 Keep America Beautiful affiliates to receive an in-kind grant from the 2018 Duracell/Keep America Beautiful 9V Battery Grant Program.
     KKB is partnering with the Kingsport Fire Department to distribute over 18,000 9V batteries to Kingsport residents on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Kingsport Farmers Market.
    Duracell has donated nearly 3.5 million dollars- worth of batteries to a total of 72 communities nationwide.  The batteries from the grant program are for use in home safety devices, such as smoke and
    carbon monoxide detectors.
    “Keep Kingsport Beautiful is proud to partner with the Kingsport Fire Department to distribute these batteries to Kingsport citizens who can use them,” said Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful.
     “Barry Brickey, public education officer with the Kingsport Fire Department, is working on additional distribution plans to include the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority.”
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes in which smoke detectors either aren’t present or aren’t working.
    “The Duracell 9V Battery Grant program provides KKB with the opportunity to extend our partnership within the City of Kingsport to include the fire department, along with helping residents keep their smoke
    alarms in working order, potentially preventing the loss of lives, property and injury to firefighters,” added Cleary.
    Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the Kingsport Chamber and the City of Kingsport.  A volunteer supported program   An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the program has won more than 70 national, state and environmental awards. 
    To learn how you can donate or volunteer, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or like us on Facebook.

    Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to
    End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.