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Free smoke detectors in Americus

August 12, 2002

A Southwest Georgia fire department is going door-to-door giving away and installing smoke detectors.

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services were awarded a fire injury prevention grant.

The grant will provide Americus with at least 20-thousand dollars worth of smoke detectors and fire safety materials. Chief Steve Moreno says, "Smoke detectors are one of the biggest things we do. Twice a year, we go out and put out smoke detectors. In the past seven years, we've put a little over ten-thousand."

Americus Firefighters will focus on older homes and trailers, especially with the elderly and kids.

The statewide program is mainly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Georgia, ten lives have been saved by the free smoke detectors in the past year.