Nick McWilliams reporting – In an effort to better prepare homeowners in the event of a fire, the Uhrichsville Fire Department is out distributing fire alarms in the community.

The department provides smoke alarms for Uhrichsville residents free of charge at the station as well.

Mayor Mark Haney at a previous council meeting noted that this time, firefighters will head out into the community with the Heartland, Stark, and Muskingum Lakes American Red Cross.

“We are going to a collaborative effort with them to install smoke detectors in the west side neighborhood. Although we will be focusing on a particular area, we will still be able to schedule those at a later date. They come back and do those. These detectors are 10-year detectors, that’s why they install them with a 10-year battery. After seven years, if they call the Red Cross, they will come back and install them.”

As a part of the collaboration, Claymont Schools will also reportedly host the Red Cross for a special fire prevention education seminar. 

Haney said in February that the city would likely be focusing in the areas of West First, Third, and Fourth Streets, which historically sees the most fires in the city, according to Fire Chief Justin Edwards during that same meeting.

Up to two detectors will be put up in a mobile home unit, and up to four will be installed in a two-story dwelling.

The distribution is scheduled for April 22nd.

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