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West Orange Times & Observer Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 2 years ago

Orange County installing smoke alarms

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Orange County Fire Rescue conducts weekly “smoke alarm blitzes,” focusing on older housing in Orange County.
by: Tim Freed Former Managing Editor

Orange County Fire Rescue is increasing efforts to combat the statistic that nearly three out of five home-fire deaths happen in residences with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarm.

In 2016, Orange County Fire Rescue started an initiative to provide county residents with free home safety visits to review the inspection of smoke alarms, windows and possible tripping hazards, as well as to discuss home escape plans, meeting places and cooking safety.

As part of this safety initiative, the department conducts weekly “smoke alarm blitzes” — a one-day outreach in which firefighters install multiple smoke alarms in up to 30 homes — focusing on older housing in Orange County. For information, visit ocfrd.com.

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Tim Freed was the managing editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Southwest Orange Observer. 

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