Saturday, February 9, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
The Broadview Fire Department was recently recognized by the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal for its “outstanding contributions to fire safety education and installation of smoke alarms within the community last year,” according to a statement the Broadview Fire Chief Tracy Kenny released on Feb. 5.
At the start of last year, IFSA and OSFM launched the Be Alarmed! Smoke Alarm Installation program, a program administered cooperatively by the two organizations administer to educate residents on fire safety and how to install smoke alarms.
Through the program, area fire departments are given free educational material and free smoke alarms to pass out to residents. Although the alarms are free, they must be installed by trained fire department personnel, Kenny explained.
The department installed a total of 218 10-year battery smoke alarms in 72 homes as a result of its participation in the Be Alarmed! program, said Philip Zaleski, the executive director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, in the statement.
“We are excited to be able to partner with the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and State Fire Marshal’s Office in providing these 10-year battery smoke alarms to our residents,” she said. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely.”
Zaleski said that the Broadview Fire Department “did a tremendous job educating their residents on fire safety in 2018.”
For more information on the Broadview Fire Department’s smoke alarm installation program, call the department’s non-emergency number at (708) 343-6124. VFP
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