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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFire crews will be out on Saturday promoting smoke alarm safety during a smoke alarm canvas in the Woodland Heights neighborhood. Throughout the day, crews will be knocking on doors, checking if residents have smoke alarms on every level of the home and in bedrooms. Those without enough alarms or without working alarms will have the opportunity to receive alarms or batteries at no charge. Firefighters will also install them at no cost.
Woodland Heights recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield through the organization's Neighborhood Revitalization program. "The Springfield Fire Department chose Woodland Heights for its canvas because residents there have shown great interest in improving their quality of life," said Assistant Chief of Prevention, Randy Villines. "Installing smoke alarms only goes so far. We also need residents, like those in Woodland Heights, committed to learning more about how they can make their homes and lives safer. "
Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15th, firefighters will visit homes bordered by Washington, High, Jefferson and Atlantic. Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., they will be in the area bordered by Jefferson, High, Lyon and Atlantic.
The smoke alarm canvas is part of a city-wide effort to promote fire safety during the month of October, which is Fire Prevention Month. Throughout the month, the Department will also visit every Springfield classroom from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Additionally, firefighters will be conducting "Carline Canvasses" at schools throughout Zone 1. Parents will be surveyed while waiting to pick up students. If they express a need for smoke alarms, the fire department will go to their home to install additional alarms at a later date.
Springfield residents interested in obtaining a free smoke alarm or batteries for their existing alarms can call 874-2300. The Department's free smoke alarm program is available to all city of Springfield residents.
###For media only: for more information, call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 874-2301.