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Firefighters take the smoke alarms to the people of Terrace Heights

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YAKIMA,Wash- One hundred Terrace Heights homes are a little safer.  The East Valley Fire Department along with the Yakima County Fire Marshall's office spent the day installing smoke detectors at Sun Country Estates, a mobile home community for seniors.

"They need some assistance sometimes. A lot of them can't get up to change their batteries, can't change the smoke alarms themselves, so we like to focus on the type of areas", says Lt. Keith Schrank, Public Information Officer for East Valley Fire Department.

The smoke detector's they're installing are the latest technology.  Where for many smoke detectors you had to change the batteries twice a year these come with a 10 year battery.  Your also supposed to change your batteries every 10 years so for these, by the time the battery is gone, it's also time to change your smoke detector they're also what's know as dual sensor so they sense small and large fires.

The installations were made possible by a grant from the state health department.   The goal of this pilot program is to make sure every home has a working smoke detector, which fire fighters continue to emphasize, is the first line of defense for surviving a fire.  East valley fire says they'd like to extend the program so they can include every home.