Archive for Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Smoke detectors available for local homes

April 14, 2004

Tonganoxie firefighters have a deal for you.

Through a program paid for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, local firefighters will install free smoke detectors in homes throughout the city. This is part of an on-going program that started last year.

"We've received our second batch of smoke detectors, and we're going to start gearing up to get them installed," said Fire Chief Dave Bennett. "We just need to be contacted by people who want them. We'd like to get them all installed by the end of June."

So far, firefighters have put in about 185 of the life-saving devices. They have about that many available. Bennett said firefighters will place the detectors in single-family dwellings, including mobile homes.

"We can't put them in rental property, according to state law," Bennett said. "The landlords must do that. If someone rents and they have non-operating smoke detectors, they can call me, and I will get in touch with the landlords."

Bennett said state law requires a smoke detector on every floor of a rental property. And firefighters strongly recommend additional detectors in sleeping quarters.

He said anyone who is interested in the detectors may call the fire department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to set up an appointment. Weekend appointments are available.

"We're really wanting to hear from people who don't have them or who have old ones or who would like to put additional ones in," Bennett said.

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