Fire officials urge Hoosiers to make sure they have smoke detectors

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Fire Department received a big donation Friday morning and it will help protect families.

Kidde Fire Safety partnered with County Music Star Craig Morgan for the ‘Be a Safety Hero’ initiative. Today they donated 300 smoke alarms to IFD. The smoke alarms will help IFD with their ‘Smoke Detector Giveaway Program’.

If you need a smoke alarm, you can get one for free from the fire department. People can pick up a smoke detector from any fire station or headquarters, during business hours. The smoke detectors are free.

Chief Brian Sanford said their goal is to make sure everyone in Indianapolis has working smoke detectors.

“I think that’s why we spend so much time and effort providing education and try(ing) to make them as accessible as we can to get them in every home,” Sanford said.

If Hoosiers have smoke detectors, Sanford said, it is important for them to make sure they work.

“It is a simple way, I mean, to provide a great deal of protection for your family,” Sanford said.

Since the beginning of the year, 9 people have tragically died in house fires in Indianapolis. Last year, a total of 10 people were killed.

IFD said they gave away 2,000 smoke detectors last year and they hope to give away at least 4,300 this year.

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