METRO FIRE STATION 42 AND VOLUNTEERS INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS IN THE TERRACE HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD IN NORTH HIGHLANDS

Most people think their old smoke alarms still work, but smoke alarms stop working properly after 10 years. Metro Fire Station 42 and volunteers will install a limited number of free, smoke alarms in North Highlands in the Terrace Heights Community. Installations will occur on Stephen Drive and Karl Drive and streets near Futures High School near Stephen Drive on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It takes a community effort to get new smoke alarms into homes. Metro Fire volunteers are concerned individuals, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and volunteers from Bay Alarm, a local North Highlands business. The week of the smoke alarm installations, volunteers will be out placing flyers on doorsteps to alert families of the free installation of smoke alarms.

North Highlands is a priority for two reasons, older homes at high-risk due to non-working smoke alarms and not enough smoke alarms installed in the home, and many households are made up of families with multiple generations living together who face extra challenges in getting out safely. Volunteers will install smoke alarms in the hallway to bedrooms and in each bedroom. Floors that do not have bedrooms will have at least one smoke alarm installed so that every level of the home is protected.

With as little as 2 minutes to escape, families need multiple smoke alarms to quickly warn them of a house fire. It’s important to talk with family members on the two ways out of each room, staying low under the smoke and practicing a family fire drill to make sure all the family can get out in 2 minutes and meet together in the front of the house. Start your family fire drill by sounding a smoke a smoke alarm. Practice your family fire drill twice a year.

Metro Fire will continue its community effort in North Highlands as smoke alarm donations and grants are made available. A district representative can be available to speak with media partners, please make arrangements with the on duty PIO.

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