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SVFD wins national fire safety sweepstakes

Needy residents to get carbon monoxide alarms

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Fire Department is helping residents In Spring Valley make their families safer from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning thanks to First Alert.

Last month, First Alert launched its "60 Years of Thank Yous" sweepstakes to mark the 60th anniversary of the company's founding. The Spring Valley Fire Department is one of 60 fire departments randomly selected from hundred of entrants to win 60 carbon monoxide alarms to help with community risk reduction initiatives.

"It is important to work with the community to help prevent injury and death from carbon monoxide," said Greg Lauf, assistant chief of the Spring Valley Fire Department. "Grant and donation programs allow us to reach more members of the community, and we are grateful to First Alert for helping us make our community safer from the potentially deadly threat of carbon monoxide."

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoking alarms or no working smoke alarms. The NFPA recommends installing smoke and CO alarms on each level of the home and In or near every sleeping area.

"Throughout our history, we have been fortunate to work with local fire departments and safety officials across the country to help spread awareness of the dangers of smoke and carbon monoxide," said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at First Alert.

"To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we wish to thank these invaluable partners by equipping them with alarms to help them continue the great work they do in their community," Wey said.

Home Safety 101

The Spring Valley Fire Department and First Alert recommend following national guidelines for smoke and carbon monoxide alarm placement.

• Once alarms are installed, they must be properly maintained by regular testing and cleaning.

• Homeowners should replace smoke alarms every 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms every five to 10 years, depending on the make and model

• Another critical component of fire safety is having — and frequently practicing — an escape plan. As part of this plan, it is important to identify two ways out, and have a designated meeting area and ensure everybody knows how to call the fire department in the event of an emergency. It Is important to exit the home, stay outside, and wait at the predesignated meeting area. Call 911 and wail until officials clear your home to re-enter it safely.

For more tips on fire and carbon monoxide safety, contact the Spring Valley Fire Department or visit the First Alert website at www.firstalert.com.

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