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FOR RELEASE: October 7, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
405/271-5601

Newcastle Fire Department, State Health Department and Community Organizations “Team Up” to Install Smoke Alarms on October 12

As part of a community-wide fire prevention effort, firefighters from the Newcastle Fire Department and volunteers will visit local residents on Saturday, Oct. 12, to perform free smoke alarm inspections and install smoke alarms for residents.

The Newcastle effort is part of “Fires Out, Oklahoma” project and the “Team Up for Fire Safety” public awareness campaign for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, 2002. The campaign encourages children and families to recognize the role they play in keeping their homes fire-safe by focusing on three key safety messages: 1) installing and testing smoke alarms; 2) developing and practicing home escape plans; and 3) hunting for home hazards.

Health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health Injury Prevention Service say it is critical to have a functioning smoke alarm, especially if a fire starts at night when the residents are asleep. Fire produces gases and fumes that can make persons sleepy, weak, and confused. They won’t be able to smell the fumes, but a smoke alarm will alert them if there is a fire.

The smoke alarm giveaway program in Newcastle is funded by the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Service, through a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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