Jefferson City Fire Department installs smoke alarms in homes
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Fire Department is taking advantage of "Fire Prevention Week" by installing free smoke detectors in homes, in an effort to keep people safe.
Scott Spencer, a fire fighter with the Jefferson City Fire Department, stressed the importance of having smoke detectors in homes.
"We recommend people have them in the sleeping areas and outside the sleeping areas like the kitchen," said Spencer.
David Childs, assistant manager of Lowe's in Jefferson City, said some smoke detectors work best depending on the home, and that his store can help people pick the right one.
"Look at what size home you have," said Childs. "How many bedrooms you have. They always recommend to have them outside the sleeping areas and one in the kitchen. That way you have them totally covered and can make you aware if there is smoke anywhere in the house."
He also said people should put smoke detectors in the different levels of the house, like attics and basements.
Spencer said people should check their smoke detectors frequently to make sure they are working properly.
"Unfortunately, we see a lot of calls where the smoke detectors were not working," said Spencer.
Childs said it is important that people use batteries specifically suited for smoke detectors in order for them to work properly and changing those batteries twice a year. Another important thing he said is important to remember is adjusting the time on the smoke detectors during daylights savings time, which is coming up on Nov. 2.
He said people can contact their local fire department if they do not have a smoke detector.
Jefferson City Fire Department and Jefferson City Lowe's teamed up to provide residents with free smoke detectors and batteries on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The team went door-to-door to see if there's any household in need of a smoke detector as part of National Fire Prevention Week.
Jefferson City Fire Department Officer Scott Spencer grabs smoke detectors and batteries on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lowe's donated smoke detectors and batteries to be distributed to those in need.
Jefferson City Fire Department Officer Scott Spencer knocks on a resident's house on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Many residents turned the offer down saying they already have smoke detectors or are not interested.
A Jefferson City fire truck sits on Village Drive in Jefferson City, Missouri, where the Jefferson City and Jefferson City Lowe's teamed up to distribute free smoke detectors to residents on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The Jefferson City Fire Department recommends that residents have a smoke detector in every bedroom.