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Lincolnton Fire Department receives grant for smoke detectors

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

The Lincolnton Fire Department was recently awarded a grant that will provide smoke detectors for homes in need.
Through the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshall, the grant will apply to residents that live east of Generals Boulevard within the city limits. The available smoke detectors are equipped with a 10-year battery that, unlike typical smoke detectors, does not need to be changed every six months, providing peace of mind for homeowners.
“Smoke detectors save lives and this grant will assist the Lincolnton Fire Department in putting these detectors in homes that are in need,” said Joe Fletcher, public information officer for the Lincolnton Fire Department.
The Lincolnton Fire Department would like to remind citizens of tips that can help to keep residents safe when it comes to smoke detectors:
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
It is best to use interconnected smoke detectors so that when one goes off, they all go off.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. They should also not be near a kitchen, to prevent false alarms.
Replace all smoke detectors when they are 10 years old.
People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special detectors. These include strobe lights and bed shakers.
Test all detectors at least once a month.
Install detectors inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every floor of the residence.
All citizens are urged to check smoke alarms frequently and the Lincolnton Fire Department urges residents to contact them if they need any assistance with checking, installing new smoke detectors or changing batteries in the existing carbon monoxide or smoke detectors. If residents within the city would like to take advantage of the grant opportunity, they are asked to contact the Lincolnton Fire Department at (704) 736-8920.

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