For Immediate Release
Over 700 Free Smoke Alarms Installed in 2011
The Springfield Fire Department has reached nearly 65 percent of its goal of installing 1,100 smoke alarms in city residences in 2011. As of May 31, the Department has installed 706 smoke alarms, with 394 left to meet the goal.
The Fire Department has declared 2011 as the "Year of the Smoke Alarm" and is pushing to ensure that more homes are equipped with the devices that reduce one's chances of dying in a fire by about 50 percent.
In 90 percent of the fires in Springfield where a fire fatality occurred in recent years, a working smoke alarm was not present. In about 25 percent of those, the battery was missing.
Homeowners who live within the city limits can get a smoke alarm installed at no charge by the Fire Department. Landlords are responsible for providing a working smoke alarm on every floor of rental properties, and they also can contact the Department about free alarms. Nine-volt batteries for existing smoke alarms are provided free of charge to both renters and home owners. The Department also has a limited supply of hearing impaired smoke alarms, which are provided at no charge to individuals in need.
For more information on getting an alarm or battery, citizens can contact the Fire Department at (417) 864-1515 or (417) 864-1500.
Media only: For information on fire safety, this program and its progress to date, contact Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines, (417) 864-1527.