For Immediate Release
Fire Department Exceeds Installation Goal of 1,100 Smoke Alarms
As of Aug. 31, the Springfield Fire Department had installed 1,144 smoke alarms, thus meeting its goal of installing 1,100 smoke alarms in 2011.
The Fire Department 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.
Although the goal has been met, the Fire Department will continue to fill requests for smoke alarms and batteries. Next month, the Department will be initiating neighborhood smoke alarm canvasses in areas of the city that have been identified for high fire-call volumes, including areas where there have been a significant number of residential structure fires. The purpose of the canvasses will be to educate individuals about fire safety, as well as install a smoke alarm or replace a battery as needed.
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 homeowners. 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.