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Tyler FD prepares for 2012 Smoke Alarm Campaign

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Tyler Fire Department is in the beginning stages of making sure your home is as safe as it possibly can be.

Over the next few months, the fire department and the Rotary Clubs of Tyler will kick off a 2012 Smoke Alarm Campaign, and they want you to be a part of the effort.

The three rotary clubs have donated $6,000 to the Tyler Fire Department so they can buy and install smoke alarms for Tyler homeowners.

And according to the Tyler fire marshal, your home may not be as fire-safe as you think it is.

"Over three-quarters of the homes in the United States actually have at least one smoke alarm in their home. And while that sounds like a really good statistic, the downside of that is, a lot of the homes only have one, and typically we need more than that," said Chief Paul Findley, Tyler's Fire Marshal.

And there's oftentimes a bigger problem than that.

"A lot of those smoke detectors, while they may be in the home, they've not been maintained," Findley said.

A problem that can mean the difference between life and death.

"Just having a working smoke alarm, just having one, increases your chance of survival by up to 50 percent," Findley said.

Findley recommends that you test your alarm once a month to make sure it's working and change your batteries twice a year, when you change your clocks.

"That's just peace of mind and you always know that probably the most important device that's in your home is always ready to go to work," he said.

Findley says one of the most important parts of fire safety is practicing your family's fire safety plan several times a year.

"When you wake up and you hear one of these going off, you already know what you're going to do and where you're going to go," he said.

And it's the Tyler Fire Department's goal to get these new smoke detectors to as many people as possibly need them.

"There's a great possibility that one of these days, one of these detectors is going to sound and wake somebody up and then this whole effort will have been a huge success," Findley said.

The fire department plans to spend some upcoming weekends installing as many fire alarms as they can, but they need your help.

If you live in Tyler and own your home, you qualify for this program, no matter your income. But you have to sign up.

Call the fire marshal's office at 903-535-0007 and get on the list for a new smoke alarm.

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