News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

November 2, 2012

Lodge hands out batteries, information at Riley Elementary

TERRE HAUTE — Powering up with a fresh battery is important to keep smoke detectors in working condition.

For the second year, the Lockport Lodge No. 500 Independent Order of Oddfellows spearheaded a program to give 9-volt batteries – along with a coloring book, a large magnet, pencil and a form to request a smoke detector – to students at Riley Elementary School.

Scott Fisher, treasurer of Odd Fellows Lodge in Riley, along with firefighters from the Riley Fire Department, teamed up Thursday to pass out the packets to teachers for distribution to the students.

The program, Fisher said, was inspired from fires that have taken the lives of residents where smoke detectors were not installed.

“We decided at the Old Fellows Lodge that we want to prevent that and we know that 9-volt batteries are important to make smoke detectors work,” Fisher said.

Fisher said the lodge thought it best to start at the elementary school level to bring the message home. “Kids will hound you to do something,” he said, “such as putting in batteries in smoke detectors.”

Last year, the lodge passed out 491 batteries. This year the lodge distributed 453 batteries. Sponsors provided about $432 for the program to buy the batteries, Fisher said.

Riley Fire Chief Jeff Fox was among those distributing the packets at the school. Fox said the best time to remember to change batteries in smoke detectors is when the “time changes.”

The nation goes off of daylight savings time on Saturday and returns to standard time.

“We also say for the best fire protection a home should have two different smoke detectors, an ionization and a photoelectronic detector,” Fox said, also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. “It certainly improves the chances of getting away from a fire,” he said.

An ionization smoke detector can detect smoke from a burning fire, while a photoelectronic detector detects smoke more quickly from a smoldering fire, Fox said. All smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, Fox added.

The Riley Fire Department also has a program to install smoke detectors to residents of Riley Township who need the safety devices. For more information on that program, contact Division Chief Kevin Murphy at (812) 894-3610, Ext. 45.

Fisher said the Odd Fellows Lodge in Riley was chartered in November 1875 at Lockport, which later became the town of Riley. The lodge moved to a new building in Riley in June 2006, Fisher said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Raw: Guinea Rap Concert Stampede Kills 33+ Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010