Hello: Let’s start October with all the security measures we can

October is Fire Prevention Month.

On September 30, the Freeport Fire Department is hosting an open house at 1650 S. Walnut Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m.

They will organize all kinds of demonstrations and you can even sign up for the free installation of your smoke detector at that time. They will also offer activities for children. Let us show them that we value their service and their commitment to our community.

Let’s start the month of October with all the possible security measures.

Last year I told you if you called the Freeport Fire Department they would come and check your home’s smoke detectors if you lived within the city limits of Freeport.

If the smoke detectors are seven years or older, they would replace them for free. So I called the firefighters back this year and that’s what I learned. Last year, they installed 524 new smoke alarms in homes. Wouldn’t it be great if they could do the same this year or even increase that number?

When you make an appointment, the firefighters will intervene at the time you have agreed. They will look around your house and make some suggestions. They will replace a detector if it is too old and add a new one with a lifespan of 10 years.

If they feel the need, they will also move its location to make the house safer. No more crawling on chairs or ladders in October to check the battery. Firefighters would rather visit your home and replace batteries and smoke detectors than being called because of a fire or because you fell from a chair or ladder and knocked yourself out. which happens more often than we would like to admit as we age.

If your smoke detector is hardwired, it will not replace the hardware. Some hardwired smoke detectors are only hardwired. They are not as safe, because if you lose your electricity during a storm, they will not warn you of a fire. They no longer just manufacture the cables.

If it is wired and has a battery, they will replace that battery which still needs to be checked twice a year. Again, this service is free for the owner.

I asked a lot of questions, and they explained to me that the Red Cross buys these smoke detectors with money given to them by big companies such as Delta Airlines, Farmers Insurance, Nissan and List s ‘lengthens again and again. Marvellous. These are not cheap detectors; the average cost is $ 24, and sometimes they put four in a house.

If you have a smoke detector combined with a carbon monoxide detector in your home, they will inspect them but do not replace the carbon monoxide detector.

If you are thinking of buying a new CO detector, they suggest buying one with a digital display, it shows the level of CO in your home. You can go online, and it will give you a buying guide to help you buy the best carbon monoxide detector. Menards, Harbor Freight, and Farm and Fleet all sell many types.

Friends one last time – it’s a free service, and you get free smoke detectors if you need them. Pass this article around and call 815-235-8217 today and tell them Ann sent you. They will then give you the number of the fire station in your area to call.

On another note, I asked about lint in your dryer vent, and they said this should also be checked every year with a good cleaning. I called DuctWorx at 815-275-4826 which is the company they suggested for a good dryer duct cleaning. Dave Vautsmeier came over and did a wonderful job cleaning our dryer vent. It charges a reasonable price and we certainly feel safer during the months of dryer vent fires. I researched dryer vent fires statistics and was not happy with what I read.

These statistics were all up to date for last year. There are an average of 2,900 dryer vent fires per year, 51 deaths per year and 344 injuries, plus $ 236 million in property damage. Of all home fires, 34% are caused by lint in dryer vents. Dryer fires mostly occur during the fall and winter months, with a peak in January. Fall is here guys.

I couldn’t have asked nicer young people to come and explain another aspect of their work to me. Hats off to the Red Cross, the Freeport Fire Department, and DuctWorx for checking our homes.

Call today. Get a time set up. Also, a final note all these gentlemen will wear a mask for their safety and yours when entering your home.

Ann Young says we are making Freeport safer. [email protected]