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3,500 smoke detectors headed to Lucas County

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 Mobile home fires can be extremely dangerous because many of the homeowners do not have smoke detectors.  Thanks to a FEMA grant, more than 3,000 are headed to Lucas County.  And fire officials are using the money to educate families on the simple ways to prevent fires.

A $74,000 FEMA grant covers the purchase, installation and education classes for the distribution of 3,500 alarms to Lucas County mobile homes. Residents who attend the mandatory cooking safety presentations get a free smoke detector installed.  According to Homeland Security, the fire death rate can be up to 50 percent higher for mobile homes compared to other housing types.

"A lot of these homes are older and they were built when construction designs were different," says Jamie Ferguson with the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department.  "They're a risk for those people that live there."

"Often times the homes are older and there's a lack of smoke alarms in the home," says Amanda Brodbeck, and injury prevention specialist with Safe Kids Greater Toledo.

Fire instructors will install the alarms but residents still need to check and change the batteries regularly.  Program coordinators plan to visit every mobile home park in Lucas County to spread the important message.

"I think the community is really excited for this grant. we are able to offer a great service and provide something that people are not always thinking about," says Brodbeck.


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