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WLFD trying to prevent tragedy through smoke detector blitz

The West Lafayette Fire Department is making sure people are ready for the worst in their homes.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 12:13 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 8:49 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Volunteers with the West Lafayette Fire Department spent Friday trying to prevent tragedy.

WLFD and American Campus Communities hosted a smoke detector blitz.

Volunteers went door-to-door making sure homes are ready in case of a fire. That includes replacing smoke alarms or installing additional ones.

Captain Ryan Harber said it could end up saving a life.

"If we see any issues, we point it out to the homeowners, and they're able to correct those," said Harber. "They're very grateful for that. Just in general, I think it gives everyone a safer feel."

Harber said some of the homes don't have any smoke detectors. That's why the event is so important.

"A lot of the fire deaths occur at night when you're sleeping," Harber explained. "So, if you don't have that your device in your home that's working, 3 out of 5 people die typically."

The fire department will come and check your home anytime, at no cost. Harber said anyone needing a smoke detector can call 765-775-5175.

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