PUEBLO COUNTY – It’s a sound that can save your life. the piercing beeps from a smoke detector are designed to grab attention and get people to safety. But like many appliances around a home, smoke alarms can wear down with time.
Some 30 volunteers from the Pueblo West Fire Department and the Red Cross spent the MLK Holiday going door-to-door offering to install new alarms for residents for free.
“Smoke detectors save lives and if you can get an early notification in the event of a fire, it can help save a life,” said Division Chief Brad Davidson.
The alarms were all donated by the Kidde Corporation. A total of 150 were available through the distribution program.
Chief Davidson said he hoped to install that many, but some homeowners already had newer model smoke alarms.
“So, we’re just talking a little bit about fire safety with them as well, making sure they know how to do an escape plan, keeping things away from heaters and open flames,” he said.
Davidson explained that the recommendation for smoke detector replacement is about every 6 to 7 years. The public is encouraged to replace the batteries in smoke alarms twice a year, usually at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time when people will already be changing around the house.