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Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

KC Fire to install free smoke alarms in Golden Hills Saturday

KC Fire to install free smoke alarms in Golden Hills Saturday

State and city fire officials are urging the public to replace their smoke alarms - not just their batteries - if their units are 10 years old or older.

Mr. Matlock said many people don't test their smoke alarms on a regular basis, and they may not know that their smoke alarms have an expiration date.

To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Lieutenant Jim Bussell wants to remind homeowners that smoke alarms do have a shelf life and should be replaced every 10 years.

The Danville Fire Department is using its fire trailer this week to teach kids and teens about fire safety as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

Does your home have a smoke alarm?

It also has a fireplace, a fire alarm and a working kitchen to help demonstrate safe cooking techniques.

"That speaks to the leadership and that speaks to our fire chief", Mayor Karen Weaver said of Barton's decision to host the appreciation picnic.

"With October being fire preparedness month, we're trying to ramp up and get the word out about this program", said Debbie Smith, community executive of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

The goal of the week is to make sure everyone understands the risks associated with fires.

Change the smoke alarm batter twice a year, or when it starts chirping. Rita Reith with IFD says there are two other keys: working smoke alarms and having a family escape plan in the event of a fire. "If your smoke alarm is ten years old or older, then it should be replaced".

Surprise fire drills were planned Monday for 15 area schools, and thousands of 5th grade students are expected Tuesday for the annual Fire Prevention Zoo Adventure at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

"Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years", visit www.firepreventionweek.org or contact the Fire & Life Safety Division of the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

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