Program offers free smoke detectors

COLUMBUS, Ga. – It’s time to Spring forward this Saturday.

It’s also a time to check your smoke detectors and CO2 detectors and if you don’t have one – the Columbus Fire Department will install one in your home free of charge.

This is a little known program offered through Columbus Fire and EMS and the Red Cross. All you have to do is call them and they’ll schedule a time to install your smoke detector. If you already have a smoke detector in your home, Chief Ricky Shores says it’s important to replace the batteries and if the detector is older than ten years, replace it even if it seems to be working.

“Just understand that smoke detectors provide you that extra time to self evacuate in a fire event.” Said Chief Ricky Shores, Columbus Fire/EMS.

Shores says from 2009-2013, a thousand people a year die in fries because the smoke detector didn’t work. There were three fire deaths in 2015 in Columbus.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 59% of fire deaths in the US happened because they didn’t have a smoke detector, or a working smoke detector.

March 19 the American Red Cross is installing smoke detectors. You can call the Columbus Fire Department at (706) 653-3520 or the Red Cross at (706) 323-5614

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