Phenix City Fire Department begins smoke alarm campaign - WRBL

Phenix City Fire Department begins smoke alarm campaign

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

The Phenix City Fire Department began their smoke detector campaign on Sunday. They're giving out about 1500 free smoke alarms over the next few months.

The fire department received nearly $38,000 in grant money for the campaign. Michael Hanson, the department's Battalion Chief, says smoke detectors are crucial for fire safety.

“Our hope is to prevent loss of any lives and also a reduction in the property damage,” says Hanson.

Hanson says they've targeted three areas of the city with older homes that may have broken or no smoke detectors. The three fire stations have designated areas in south, central and north Phenix City. To find our if your home is in the area, view the maps to the right.

If you're not one of the 1500 homes selected, the fire department says they'll offer remaining smoke detectors once the project is complete but Hanson says if you don't have one, you shouldn't wait – he recommends buying one as soon as possible. Hanson says you can buy a smoke detector at your local hardware store for about 10-dollars. He also recommends you check your smoke alarm and change the batteries twice a year.

The Phenix City Fire Department also offers a free home inspection, where they will check your home for any potential fire hazards.

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