Champaign Fire Department, other organizations installing smoke alarms

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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Fire Department, Champaign's Neighborhood Services Department, and several community organizations are partnering to install smoke alarms in homes during April.

Officials say this campaign aims to reach out to two neighborhoods at high risk for fires, bordered by Mattis Avenue to the west, McKinley Avenue to the east, the railroad tracks along Paula Drive to the north, and the railroad tracks along Maple Street to the south.  According to the Champaign Fire Department, fires in this area have increased by 12 percent over the last five years.

Participants will place door hangers and yard signs in the affected neighborhoods on April 2 to let residents know about the installation, scheduled for April 16.  On that date, volunteers will visit the homes to inspect and install free smoke alarms, as needed.

The smoke alarms are paid for through a Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Prevention Grant.  If you would like to schedule a home visit, you are asked to call (217) 403-7200 and ask to speak with Sue or Debarah.

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