Storm Lake Fire Department Offering Smoke Detectors for Seniors in Need

The Storm Lake Fire Department is offering a new program to help protect seniors in the community.

The “Sound the Alarm for Seniors” program provides free home smoke detectors for those in need. An individual must be a resident of Storm Lake, age 55 and older, and not have a working smoke detector in order to qualify.

According to Storm Lake Fire Chief Glenn Schlesser, older persons are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a home fire situation.

The smoke detectors are lithium-ion battery units with a lifespan of up to ten years. The units are sealed, their power source included, and no battery replacement is required. The detectors are easy to operate, and automatically activate when attached to their mounting bracket.

Those who qualify may request a free smoke detector by calling 732-8010 or stopping at the Storm Lake Fire Department. The detectors are available on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. The department cannot perform the installation.

The Storm Lake Fire Department would like to continue the program in future years if donations allow them.

The Storm Lake Fire Department also reminds residents that they can sign up for the Community Connect program. The online platform is free and allows participants to share information about their local household that can aid first responders and emergency response personnel. Click here to sign up.

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