ALTON ― The Alton Fire Department has 100 smoke alarms to give away to Alton residents 65 and older who live in owner-occupied homes.
The smoke alarm give-away program is part of the fire department's Remembering When, Fire and Fall Prevention initiative. Fifty of the smoke alarms were received through a grant from Kidde Safety Products (a United Technologies Company), and the other 50 were purchased with Alton Firefighters Foreign Fire Tax funds. These smoke alarms are sealed units with 10-year, lithium batteries; because of the new battery technology, the smoke alarms do not require new batteries twice a year like normal smoke alarms. Once the smoke alarms reach their 10-year life, the whole unit is meant to be replaced and properly discarded.
“These smoke alarms retail for $24.95, and I thank Kidde Safety Products for their generous donation that will assist our personnel in creating a safer environment for our residents,” Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said. “Climbing up a ladder to change smoke alarm batteries increases the potential for injuries in our residents that are 65 and older; residents that receive these alarms will not have to worry about them for 10 years.”
“This is another great example of the fire prevention and education efforts of the Alton Fire Department,” Mayor Brant Walker said. “I commend the Fire Department and Chief Sebold for their continued commitment to the safety of our citizens and I thank Kidde Safety Products for their generous donation.”
As a condition of the grant from Kidde, Alton Fire Department personnel must install the smoke alarm at the resident's home so they can make sure it is installed properly, as well as have the opportunity to inform the occupant of the Remembering When program.
To request a free smoke alarm, call the Alton Fire Department at (618) 463-3565 to schedule an installation date.