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Sunday March 9
Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
If you and your family are asleep when a fire breaks out in your home, the smoke won't wake you up - it will put you into a deeper sleep. That's why most fatal fires happen at night ... when people are sleeping in homes without working smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a 2010 survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2005-2009, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41%) of the reported home fires.
Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.
In order to achieve the Mayor and Board of Alderman's Strategic Plan of creating "Safer and Healthier Neighborhoods", Collierville Fire & Rescue is asking citizens to please take action today to protect your family with working smoke alarms in your home. If you need assistance with installation, battery replacement, or cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms for your home, please contact the Fire Administration without delay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (901) 457-2400.