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Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

Battery Up Saturday, Oct. 18

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.
Firefighters will visit residents in their homes to change smoke detector batteries and identify fire safety hazards. Those wishing to receive the in-home visit must make an appointment.
To schedule a visit, call the department at 319-624-2386 or email svfd@southslope.net. Information is also available on the department website, www.solonfire.com.
The largest percentage of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or alarms that don’t work. Smoke alarms provide a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire, and that extra time can save lives.
The Solon Fire Department recommends the following:
• Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button.
• Change the batteries in your alarm at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low.
• Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
• Keep smoke alarms clean by vacuuming over and around it regularly. Dust and debris can interfere with its operation.
• Do not paint over your smoke alarm as it could impair its function.
• Never disable a smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm is sounding “nuisance alarms,” try locating it further from kitchens or bathrooms.
In addition, the department recommends that families create and practice a home fire escape plan. Fire escape plans should include at least two escape routes for every room in the home. Families should choose a convenient meeting place outside of the home and practice their escape plan at least twice a year with all family members.