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11/23/04

Smoke Detector Checks for Seniors

Smoke detectors can't save lives if they're not working. Have you checked yours lately? In Port Royal, South Carolina, firefighters are making house calls to make sure residents are safe.

And they're actually checking and installing smoke detectors for senior citizens. Believe it or not, they are twice as likely to die in house fires, so firefighters are hoping this effort will prevent fires and save lives.

"Smoke detectors serve two purposes," said Beaufort fire marshal Dan Byrne. "They alert them there is a fire so they can get out, but it also lets them know there's a fire early. There's been fires in the area where there's a delay in the notification of the fire department because they didn't know there was a fire until it was too late."

If you live in Port Royal or Beaufort and need a new smoke detector or need yours checked, just call the Beaufort Fire Department at 843.525.7035.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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