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Ottumwa Fire Department Gives Out Free Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With a grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, the Ottumwa Fire Department is able...
With a grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, the Ottumwa Fire Department is able to give away smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.(KYOU)
Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 2:17 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Smoke alarms may have an annoying sound, but it’s an important one. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. And thanks to a grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, Deputy Chief of Ottumwa’s Fire Department Cory Benge says they can give them away for free.

“These funds are available to anyone in Wapello county that calls our fire department, says Hey I need you to come to my house see if I need smoke alarms. we’ll check your smoke alarms, check your existing ones, if need be put new ones up.”

Benge says in many cases a smoke alarm can help stop a fire before it spreads too big to handle.

“Too many times where people don’t have smoke alarms. like I say, that’s your first line of defense with a fire in your home. and people think when they’re sleeping they’ll smell the smoke and wake up, but in hindsight, that’s not true.”

That’s because of Carbon Monoxide, which can affect your brain and make your more sluggish. However, this program provides Carbon Monoxide detectors as well.

With a smoke alarm going off, the fire department is sure to get to the scene faster, and there’s that much more of a chance of saving your home.

“So it’s a really great program. I wish more people took advantage of it. I think there’s a lot of homes out there that are missing the program we have to offer. and unfortunately, we see that all too often when we respond to fires and we find smoke detectors with A) no batteries in them or B) no smoke detectors at all.”

If you think you need one, all you need to do is call up your local fire department, and make sure your house is safe from fires this holiday season.

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