Smoke detector giveaway in Wadsworth on December 8, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.

WADSWORTH, Ohio - It's the time of year to turn back clocks and also change the batteries in smoke detectors inside your home. Fire officials say the average life span of a smoke detector is about 10 years.

To help replace outdated smoke detectors, the Wadsworth Fire and EMS Department, in conjunction with the Wadsworth Lowe's Home Improvement Store, the Wadsworth Salvation Army and local scouting troops have joined forces to hand out free smoke detectors.

"I am thrilled that the Fire and EMS Department is partnering with Lowe's, the Salvation Army and local Scouts in this giveaway. Smoke detectors, together with a well practiced fire escape plan, are a simple, low cost way to ensure that you and your family have the needed time to safely exit a structure during a fire," said director of public safety Matt Hiscock.

The smoke detectors will be given away for free on Dec. 8 between noon and 4 p.m. at Wadsworth Fire Station #1, located at 153 North Lyman Street.

Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

"While many of us acknowledge the important fire safety benefits of smoke detectors, all too often we forget
that they do need attention. This includes testing, battery replacement and end of unit life replacement," stated Assistant Chief Ron Likley.

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