Re: OT Smoke Alrm save our lives last night!
In the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department we have "Project Smoke Detector" where any citizen who doesn't have one, can call us, we will come and install a smoke detector free of charge to them in their residence. We now install 10 year maintance free detectors in any and all homes we go to. If anyone does not have one, or knows someone who needs one, try contacting your local department and see if they have a similar project/program.
Off the top of my head, I remember two fire fatalities where the home owner disabled the detector or had removed the battery and not replaced it.
I would rather come to your home during the day time and install a detector for you, vs. responding to your home at night.
Unofficially, I recommend CO detectors that use a digital display (I use a nighthawk, and believe it or not, so do all the fire stations in the city) they help prevent false alarms, and show you just what your problem level of CO is, incase your department does not carry CO monitoring equipment.
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