Bellevue firefighters will visit selected Eastside neighborhoods this weekend with a goal of installing 400 smoke detectors in homes where they are needed. Several teams of firefighters will go door-to-door and inquire if the home has a working smoke detector. If there are no working detectors and the resident allows, the firefighters will install one immediately, free of charge.
An Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency made this outreach possible. Fire officials stress that having a working smoke detector is one of the most important life-safety steps you can make in a home. Statistics show that about 65 percent of fire fatalities occur in homes without a working smoke detector. You also double your chance of getting out of a house fire alive when you have a working smoke detector.
The outreach program will focus on single-family homes in the Bellevue Fire Department service area, which includes Newcastle, Medina, Clyde Hill and the Points communities as well as Bellevue. The firefighters going door-to-door will be in Bellevue firefighter uniforms and will have ID cards.
The installed detectors are recommended for general use. Fitted with photoelectric and ionization sensors, these "dual" smoke detectors can sense smoke coming from both flaming and smoldering fires.
Due to the limited scope of the program, a relatively large number of homes cannot be reached. If you live in a single-family home without a smoke detector, and would like to have one installed, please call Kathy Barker, Bellevue's Fire Education Coordinator at 425-452-7881. She will attempt to schedule an installation in your home.
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