Smoke Detector Blitz highlights safe ways to heat your home this winter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Wayne Township Fire Department is teaming up with the Decatur Township Fire Department to canvas neighborhoods and install about 2,000 smoke detectors in homes during the Smoke Detector Blitz.

Crews installed smoke detectors in the Mars Hill neighborhood Monday and headed back out Tuesday to make sure people understand that smoke detectors save lives.

As the temperatures drop, firefighters said the campaign is particularly important. This is the time of year when people look for alternate, sometimes unsafe, ways to heat their home.

Never use an oven or a stove to heat your home. If you’re using a space heater, be aware of where you put it and what type of space heater you have, said Decatur Township Fire Chief Dale Henson.

“Keep everything away from them you know, like blankets, drapes and that sort of thing because that seems to be, accidental fires start that way by having garments and that sort of thing around them,” Henson said. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, heating equipment caused more than 57,000 home and structure fires in 2010, accounting for 490 civilian deaths.

Henson also said people should do maintenance on their furnace or have it checked out by a professional before firing it up for the season.

During the Smoke Detector Blitz, firefighters are also reminding people that smoke detectors only work if they have working batteries. Officials suggest changing the batteries in smoke detectors at the same time you change your clocks for Daylight Saving, which happens Sunday, Nov. 3.

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