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3/1/2013 - Smoke alarm project receives new funding


Thousands of Iowans will receive free smoke alarms from a firefighter organization.

At no cost to homeowners, a considerable number of Iowans will be able to have brand new smoke alarms installed in their residences, thanks to a grant the state received from the federal government.

According to Ray Reynolds, Iowa's fire marshal, the Iowa Fire Fighter's Association was recently the recipient of a $245,000 smoke alarm grant thanks to the efforts made by local officials to ensure that all children in the state have access to a home that's protected with smoke detectors.

In mid-February, approximately 3,000 smoke alarms were installed in homeowners' residences, many of which were for the deaf and hard of hearing. Eventually, however, the grant will be able to bring smoke alarms to more than 11,600 Iowa homes.

The program has been in operation since 2010 and has covered hundreds of communities. In the three years that the program has been in effect, 33,600 smoke alarms have been installed and distributed throughout the Hawkeye State.

"With the tremendous support we have received from our partners, we have been able to advance the cause of public safety," said Reynolds. "At the end of the day, it's about doing the right thing for our children."

Local property insurance firms also provided funding to help further the smoke alarm installation initiative.

Fire statistics suggest that many tragedies have been avoided thanks to these detectors. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working alarm cuts the risk of death from fire in half among households, which an estimated 95% of homes have, based on recent polling data.


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