City of Darlington partners with Red Cross for Smoke Detector Blitz

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The City of Darlington has partnered with the American Red Cross to do a smoke detector blitz in the southeast area of town.

On Saturday, January 19, volunteers with the American Red Cross and Darlington Fire Department will hang literature about the event on doors in the neighborhood. Then, on Saturday, January 23, they will install more than 100 smoke detectors, as needed, and provide fire safety information to residents.

Smoke Detector Tips
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
• Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
• Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
• Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.
• Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm).


The Darlington Fire Department may be reached at: 843-398-4014.

Author: Jana Pye

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