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SVFD and Red Cross team up to install hundreds of smoke alarms

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Spokane Valley Firefighters and volunteers took time on Saturday Morning to make sure homes were properly equipped with smoke alarms. They tested existing alarms and installing new ones as needed "It's a unique opportunity for us to try an make a difference," said Rick Freier with the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The area was selected based on a risk assessment conducted by Spokane Valley Fire Department. It's part of the agency's comprehensive community risk reduction program. This program is to ensure working smoke alarms are in the right locations throughout each home "You need to have a smoke detector in each sleeping room so every bedroom needs one, outside the bedroom in the hallway and you have to have one on every floor," added Freier.

On Friday afternoon, a home in the same Edgecliff neighborhood caught fire. A tree pruner saw smoke coming from the house. He went up and banged on the door trying to see if anyone was inside. A person inside was sleeping but was able to escape. If it wasn't for the tree pruner, it could have been a different story. Smoke alarms need to be checked regularly to maintain proper function. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years because the sensors inside can begin to lose sensitivity.

Kathy Bauer is just one of the hundreds of people that received free smoke detectors in her house. She was very grateful they stopped by "Oh I think it's wonderful I've never heard of it being done before, and I think it's a wonderful service," said Bauer.

In total 209 smoke detectors were installed in 73 area homes. 

SVFD residents are encouraged to request a free Home Fire Safety Visit by calling 892-4153 or completing a request online at www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

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