News Tip

Need a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector?

Do you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home? Roughly two-thirds of fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

If you don't have one, battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been donated to the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District for anyone living in the district. A HRFD firefighter will come out and install them in your home. Donated by American Red Cross, the Fire Safety Alliance, and Home Depot.

Also, HRFD will provide a free check-up of your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They recommend that you install at least one on each level of your home. Be sure that it's near bedrooms and other sleeping areas.

When was the last time you tested your detectors? It should be tested least once a month to remain certain that they're working properly. Replace the batteries at least once a year, or even better, twice a year when you change your clocks in the spring and in the fall.

How old is your smoke detector? Is it more than 10 years old? When was the last time you replaced it? If you can't answer any of these questions, it might be a good idea to replace your smoke detector.

For more information, contact the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District at 815-623-6867.

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