Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Redmond Fire Department Offers Free Home Safety Assessments and Free Smoke Alarm Installations

Redmond, WA – The City of Redmond Fire Department has been awarded a Vision 20/20 Grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. This grant provides resources to install 2,500 smoke alarms, 15 hearing-impaired smoke alarms, and perform 1,000 home safety assessments for families located within the Redmond Fire Department response area.

Through this grant, Redmond Fire is able to provide educational Home Safety Assessments, which consist of testing/installing smoke alarms, identifying potential fire/safety hazards, educating residents how to prevent cooking fires, and helping them create an escape plan.

The smoke alarm installations and safety assessments are free to Redmond residents and are conducted by Redmond Fire Department personnel.

You may benefit from this service if you don’t have working smoke alarms in each sleeping area and on each level of your home, or you would appreciate assistance in creating a fire escape plan. This service will also identify potential fire hazard risks in your home. Although this grant targets multi-family buildings (including apartments and condominiums that do not have fire sprinkler systems), this service is also available to residents in single family homes.

“Home fire safety assessments, regularly practiced fire drills, and working smoke alarms are essential for your family’s safety”, stated Redmond Assistant Fire Marshal Todd Short. “Let Redmond Fire help keep you and your family safe by conducting a free 20-30 minute home safety assessment and smoke alarm tests”.

If you are interested in having Redmond Fire conduct an informational Home Safety Assessment with smoke alarm installation, please call 425.556.2264 or email Kristen Thorstenson at kmthorstenson@redmond.gov. Assessments will be scheduled by appointment only.

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