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HFD receives donation of 175 carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

Recent fires claiming the lives of five individuals and dangerous winter storms have prompted the Huntington Fire Department to remind residents of the importance of having life-saving smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in all dwellings.

The Fire Department offers a free Home Safety Survey and Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector Installation Program. To help with this educational, life safety outreach initiative, First Alert (www.firstalert.com) has donated 175 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the Fire Department.

“The donation from First Alert comes at a critical time of the year with not only cold weather upon us but also heavy snow that blanketed the region last month,” Fire Chief Carl Eastham said. “We recently depleted our alarm surplus, so we are pleased to receive this generous donation.”

Although renters are not eligible for the program, landlords are required under state and city code to install properly-working carbon monoxide and smoke alarms in their units. Renters who do not have working carbon monoxide and smoke alarms in their units can call the Fire Department, which will then contact the landlord.

To schedule an appointment with the Fire Department for an installation and home safety check or to inquire about making a donation to the program, call 304-696-5950.

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