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Sparks Fire Dept. to Install Free Residential Smoke Alarms

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If you live in Sparks, you have a chance to make your home safer for free.

Starting this week the Sparks Fire Department is installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms for free through its "Project SAFE" program.

They've been doing the program for three years now. And the fire marshal tells us it has already paid off. "We have actually had two saves out of our program already in the City of Sparks from smoke detectors that we installed through the Project SAFE program," says Bob King.

Teams of fire crews go door-to-door in Sparks installing smoke alarms every year. So far they've installed more than 2,000 alarms in about 800 Sparks homes.

And they do it all for free thanks to a handful of federal grants.

The program started after a fatal house fire took the lives of two teenage girls about six years ago; their home didn't have any smoke alarms.

But even if your home does have them, King says it might not have enough. Their team will come in - check out your safety measures and bring you up to code. "We want to hit all the homes that are built prior to 1994 and install smoke alarms in each bedroom of the house and centrally located in the hallway."

Crews will be going door-to-door on November 9 - one week from this Saturday.

To make an appointment or for more information, you can call 353-2261 or go online to the City of Sparks.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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