Firefighters ready to start installing smoke detectors
As part of Fire Prevention Week activities last October, Tonganoxie firefighters went door-to-door to determine the need for smoke detectors in local homes.
The firefighters had secured a state grant to finance the purchase and installation of about 350 smoke detectors.
And now, fire department officials have begun work on getting the detectors to local residents.
"We will contact those folks that we have phone numbers for," firefighter John Callaghan said.
But residents who are interested in the detectors can call the fire department, (913) 845-9494, to reserve a detector.
Callaghan said the majority of smoke detector installations will be accomplished on weekends.
"But we can also do them during regular business hours during the week," he said.
The fire department plans to offer its Senior Assist Program, starting this spring. Any elderly resident may call the fire department, and firefighters will visit the resident's home and check on the well-being of the resident.
That check could range from inspecting smoke detectors to performing blood-pressure checks to removing flammables from the resident's home.