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RHFD offers free smoke alarms
Service marks Fire Prevention Week
Richmond Hill Firefighter Lee Newton checks out a smoke detector - photo by Photo provided.
October National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-8, and the Richmond Hill Fire Department is offering free in-home assistance with smoke alarms.
This year’s fire safety message is “Smoke Alarms, a Sound You Can Live With,” and although nine out of 10 homes in the United States have smoke alarms, millions of those alarms do not work for a number of reasons – mostly from poor maintenance or from disabling working detectors that are a nuisance.
“Now is the time of year to take action to ensure your home is fire safe” said Chief Vernon Rushing of the Richmond Hill Fire Department. “Our fire department emphasizes fire prevention and safety. We would rather work twice as hard to prevent a fire rather than to put one out” added Rushing.
The fire department will be initiating a fire safety program to assist homeowners with maintenance of their smoke alarms and providing tips for keeping homes fire safe. The most important first step, though, is to have a working smoke detector in your home.  
“We will come to any home in Richmond Hill, whether you own or rent, and help to make sure your smoke alarms are in proper working order” said Capt. Andy Burriss, the Richmond Hill Fire Department fire safety inspector.
Anyone who would like assistance in making sure smoke detectors are ready and working should call the Richmond Hill Fire Department at 756-4405.
“The fact is that most fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms” said Burriss.
The Fire Department will also be visiting the Richmond Hill schools to talk fire safety. “Each year we talk about fire safety and safety in general to thousands of our school age children”, said Burriss.
This year’s message to the school children in Richmond Hill is “Fire Safety, Know the Drill”

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