WFD Offering Smoke Detectors
The Westerville Fire Division has teamed up with the American Red Cross to offer residents free smoke alarms and installation.
The initiative aims to keep Westerville families safer by ensuring smoke alarms are properly installed. Installations will take place by appointment. Residents should call the Fire Division (614) 901-6600 to schedule. The smoke detectors are being provided at no cost by the American Red Cross.
"All residents need to do is call us and we will be there to install these life-saving alarms,” said Westerville Fire Chief Brian Miller. “Our number one priority is keeping families safe."
The home visits give WFD’s fire prevention experts an opportunity to educate homeowners about the required maintenance for smoke alarms as well.
“Smoke detectors have the power to save lives, but only when they are functioning properly,” Chief Miller said. “Homeowners need to test these units monthly and replace them every 10 years.”
According to Chief Miller, finding the age of a smoke alarm is as easy as looking at the back at the date of manufacture.
This effort coincides with the annual Fire Prevention Week, from Sunday, Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 14. The theme this year is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” The week kicks off on Oct. 8 with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. at Station 111, 400 W. Main St., where fire experts will demonstrate various recommended fire alarms, how to clean dusty bathroom exhaust fans (a leading cause of fires in Westerville) and more.
More information about the Westerville Fire Division can be found at www.westerville.org/fire and the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.