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Smoke alarm program rekindled
by Tribune Staff
Feb 08, 2012 | 478 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SPARKS — Fire department personnel are once again visiting homes in Sparks

to install free smoke alarms and give personalized fire-safety education to residents. The Project SAFE program (Survive a Fire Emergency) will target up to 1,000 homes during its second year.

“Your family is twice as likely to survive a fire if you have working smoke alarms,” Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King said in a press release. “It’s very important to have

smoke detectors in every sleeping room, hallway and on each floor of your home. Most homes in Sparks are more than 10 years old, which means it’s time to install new smoke alarms.”

Sparks firefighters are currently delivering door hangers to about 1,000 of the area’s

oldest homes to encourage residents to sign up for the free program. Smoke detectors 10 years old or older do not detect a fire 55 percent of the time, according to the SFD, and almost half of the homes to be visited this year have detectors more than 10 years old. Previous local statistics show that 7 out of 10 homes surveyed in the first target area did not have any working detectors, and 94 percent of the homes did not have detectors in each sleeping area.

To reduce injury and loss of life, fire personnel and local volunteers will install tamper-resistant, 10-year smoke alarms or provide 10-year lithium batteries for existing alarms that are less than two years old. Special notification devices are also available for the hearing impaired. Firefighters also will be installing carbon monoxide detectors in homes that need them. Fire-safety educators will provide information and educational items to each household, including a personalized home-safety checklist and evacuation plan.

“Every $1 spent on smoke alarms can save $69 in fire-related costs,” King said. “The benefit of saving a life, however, is priceless.”

For more information, visit and click on “Prevention,” or contact King at 353-2261.
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