Moline’s Fire Department is making the rounds on a plan to keep people safe.
The department is working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to install free smoke alarms.
The “Be Alarmed” project is a new campaign only available in Moline.
The fire department just wants to remind people that smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.
When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms gives people an early warning to get outside quickly.
It’s a wake-up call that could save your life.
But not every home in this neighborhood has one.
“Either they can’t afford it or they just don’t do it, they don’t think about it. It’s something they don’t think about everyday,” Moline Fire Inspector Jerry Spiegel.
In the wake of several house fires in the Quad Cities area, one Moline family isn’t taking their chances anymore.
“Because there have been lots of deaths. Lots of children have died and that has scared me. And I would hate to go through that,” smoke alarm receiver Rosa.
Rosa didn’t want her full name or identity revealed. She’s been living in this home for more than a decade with only one smoke detector.
But says her daughter had raised some concerns and they’re now taking every step necessary to ensure the family’s safety.
“It wasn’t a big deal before, but now it makes you think twice. It could because you’re seeing more horrible things on Facebook and on TV that you get scared,” Rosa.
Several smoke detectors were installed in her home in less than 15 minutes. Rosa says she’ll be able to sleep a little better tonight.
“I feel a lot more secure. I feel better because I know my home and family are safe, ” said Rosa.
The new campaign has generated a great response in the community. And the Moline Fire Inspector wants safety to be everyone’s first priority.
“I do think the people are very appreciate of this program and I hope it gets out to more people because we like to keep the citizens of Moline safe,” said Spiegel.
All of the installation work is done at no charge. You just have to call the Moline fire department to set up an appointment.
The requirements are you must live in Moline and be a homeowner.