Manhattan Fire Protection District Providing Smoke Alarms and Fire Prevention Education Through Be Alarmed! Program
 
July 30, 2018
 

The Manhattan Fire Protection District is working cooperatively with the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and Office of the State Fire Marshal to provide no-cost smoke alarms to residents of the Manhattan Fire Protection District. The Be Alarmed! Smoke Alarm Installation program provides smoke alarms and fire prevention materials to Illinois fire departments in an effort to both educate residents on fire safety as well as to provide them with life-saving devices in their home.

The program was developed to educate residents on the dangers of fire and how to prevent fire from occurring in the home, as well as to ensure there are working smoke alarms properly installed in homes. By utilizing 10-year concealed battery smoke alarms, it ensures that the power source cannot be removed from the unit and, if properly maintained, will last the life of the device.

“Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device there is,” says Manhattan Fire Chief Dan Forsythe. “Just having a working smoke alarm in your home cuts your chance of dying in a reported fire in half.”

“Our goal is to make sure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm.” says Forsythe, “Our program includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”

Residents who wish to receive more information about the Manhattan Fire Protection District’s smoke alarm installation program should contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 815-314-2308.

 
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