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Smoke Alarm Program

Smoke Alarm Program

The East Peoria Fire Department has a free smoke alarm and installation program for East Peoria homeowners in financial need.

Recipients must be East Peoria residents and the owner of the home. Landlords are not eligible for the program. Those who qualify should call 698-4700 and ask to speak to the assistant fire chief on duty.

Fire department personnel can also provide installation for residents that need help or advice on the proper placement of a smoke detector.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 20,000 are injured.  Therefore it is important to have a working smoke alarm with a working battery in the home. The smoke alarm should be placed on the ceiling of every level of the home and outside bedrooms. If bedroom doors are kept closed, a smoke alarm should be placed on the ceiling of each bedroom.

Smoke alarms should be checked monthly by pressing the test button.

Other tips from FEMA include:

  • Never take smoke alarm batteries out to put into other items like games or remote controls.
  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if the alarm sounds.
  • If there is a fire, leave the home immediately by crawling low, and do not go back inside.
  • Most alarms need a new battery at least once a year.
  • If a smoke alarm is over 10 years old, replace it with a new alarm and battery.
  • Renters should talk to their landlords about placing a working smoke detector in the home.



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