The Champaign Fire Department has organized a “Smoke Alarm Blitz” in the neighborhood of a recent fire fatality. On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Fire Department crews will be going door-to-door in the 900 block of West Clark Street and the south side of the 900 block of West University Avenue offering to check smoke alarms. Crews will offer to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.
The Smoke Alarm Blitz will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the 900 block of West Clark and the south side of West University Avenue. Deputy Chief John Barker will open the event by delivering a few words describing the urgency of having working smoke alarms in every residence.
Fire Investigators found no working smoke alarm in the home of a tragic fire that occurred at 908 West Clark Street on February 24, 2017. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a significant role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes without any smoke alarms or alarms that were not working. Know the sound of the smoke alarm. If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
Contact: Janet Maupin, Deputy Fire Marshal