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Project Safe - Cumberland Vol. Fire Department & State of Ohio: Division of Fire Marshall are offering free smoke alarms to area residents.

Through the Cumberland Vol. Fire Dept., area residents can receive up to two smoke alarms, depending on the number of floors in the home, for free.

Personnel from the CVFD will come to your home and install the smoke alarms, where they are needed. You will be asked to sign a waiver, a release form and fill out a simple survey.

Please take advantage of the wonderful opportunity. Call the CVFD at 638-2601 for more information. You can also call Eric Poland @ 638-4711 or Rex Rhinehart @ 638-2208 for more information.

Smoke alarms save lives and can cut the risk of dying in a fire by half. However, smoke alarms must be installed, maintained and working properly to do so. That's according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM), which is promoting "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 3-9, 2010.
"Ohio continues to experience far too many preventable fire-related injuries and deaths in homes without smoke alarms," said Interim State Fire Marshal Donald Cooper. "During Fire Prevention Week, and the entire month of October, the Division of State Fire Marshal is working to better educate the public about the importance of smoke alarms, provide recommendations on how to use them and to help maximize each Ohio's family fire safety."
The statistics are sobering. 92 people have died in residential or structure fires in Ohio through September 26, 2010 and smoke detectors were confirmed to have worked in only 15% of those fires. Smoke alarms give you the extra time you and your family need to escape a fire. In fact, according to the United States Fire Administration, smoke alarms double your chances of escaping a fire.
The Division of State Fire Marshal offers the following smoke alarm tips:  
  • At least one smoke alarm should be located on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as in every sleeping room and outside each sleeping area.
  • Whatever type of smoke alarms you choose, they should carry the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Check your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least twice a year. 
  • Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarms.
  • Do not remove batteries to put in other appliances, such as gaming devices.
  • If cooking smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it. Wave a towel, open a window, or turn on the range fan to clear the smoke.
  • Smoke alarms wear out over time.  Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean.  Dust and debris can interfere with their operation.  Vacuum over and around your smoke alarm regularly.
  • Interconnected, hard-wired smoke alarms with battery back-ups should be considered.  When one smoke detector goes off, the others alert you to fire, too.
  • Consider using dual sensor smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric technology in one unit. Or, use detectors of each type throughout your home for optimal protection. But remember, any type of smoke alarm is better than no smoke alarm at all. 
Fire departments throughout Ohio will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote the "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" campaign locally. The Division of State Fire Marshal has launched a multimedia fire prevention campaign that will run throughout the month of October. In addition, SFM will participate in numerous other activities in schools, assisted living facilities and community safety fairs throughout the month to promote awareness for fire prevention and smoke alarms.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week and tips to keep your family safe, visit
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