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Smoke Detectors

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October 14, 2016

We have all heard the popular legend of Mrs. Catherine O'Leary's cow that kicked over the lamp setting the barn on fire then spreading to the whole city of Chicago. The numbers from that October 8th and October 9th 1871 fire are, it killed more than 250 people, Left 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Statistics to share:

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Since 1922 fire prevention week has been observed on the week of October 9th. Each year there is a fire prevention theme. This year's theme is "Don't Wait Check The Date". We all know to change the batteries twice a year when we change our clocks but most people are unaware to check the manufactures date on the smoke detector. This is when the detector was built; Detectors have a 10 year life. When a detector reaches 10 years old the detector needs to be taken out of service and replaced.

Brandon Hayes,

Acting Fire Chief



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