JCFD installs free carbon monoxide detectors

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JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City Fire Department installed carbon monoxide detectors and checked smoke detectors for area residents.

JCFD partners with Lowe’s Home Improvement every year to educate the public about fire safety and smoke detectors. This is the twelfth year of the partnership, but this year is the first they are also installing new carbon monoxide detectors for home owners.  

Lowe’s donated 100 carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors can be purchased for under $10 but carbon monoxide detectors are pricier, between $20 and $30.

Firefighters installed 46 detectors so far this week.

The elderly and those on a fixed income have first priority in receiving the alarms.

Division Chief Jason Turner said safety for all is JCFD’s number one priority.

“We want to make sure that everyone is safe and that they understand the risks,” said Turner.

Stacey Reed received a detector. She said the new detector made her feel safer, especially with the arrival of her baby in November.

“Having a detector makes me feel safe because you’ll know if it goes off they’ll come help,” said Reed.

Less than four months ago, two Jefferson City parents died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in their home. Fire engineer Tom Gann said it’s just as important to stay up-to-date with your carbon monoxide detectors as the smoke detectors in your home.

“It’s one of those things we don’t want to happen again, so here we are, out installing these, and hopefully if it can save one person’s life it’s well worth it,” said Gann.

In addition to having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, Turner said it is important to have an action plan if something were ever to happen.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that often goes undetected. Turner said you should change the batteries in your detectors twice a year. He recommended to change the batteries when you change your clock for daylight saving's.