Duluth explosion injures man

DULUTH - A Saturday afternoon explosion at a local business sent one man to the hospital and caused extensive damage to the building.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said the call was dispatched about 3:30 p.m. to ColorPrint Media & Publishing on North Berkeley Lake Road N.W. in Duluth.

"A drying machine that is used to dry ink after printing exploded in a warehouse," Rutledge said.

"The explosion caused extensive damage to the interior of the warehouse and buckled two roll-up doors in the warehouse."

A male employee was injured in the explosion and transported non-emergency to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Rutledge said.

Rutledge also said the incident is still under investigation, and the cause of the explosion is unknown.

Fire prevention

In the area of fire prevention, fire officials are urging residents to change their smoke detector batteries in conjunction with daylight- saving time.

"The battery should be changed twice a year and daylight savings is a good time to remember this important task," Rutledge said.

"Your life and the life of the smoke detector depends on its battery."

Residents should also check their smoke detectors every week by pressing the test button.

When the detector chirps or makes a short beeping noise, this usually means the battery is running low and should be replaced, Rutledge said.

There should also be a working smoke detector on every level of the home, he added.

The alarm or alarms should be audible in all areas of the home.

Smoke detectors should be cleaned monthly by wiping the cover with a damp cloth, Rutledge said.

Other fire safety tips include:

• Develop a home escape plan and practice fire drills with your entire family.

•Designate a meeting place outside in the front of the house.

• Call 911 from outside the burning building.

• Never go back inside a burning building.