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Kennewick Fire Department Restores Smoke Detectors for the Elderly

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KENNEWICK, WA- The Kennewick Fire Department is going around the community to help the elderly and disabled change batteries and restore smoke detectors as part of National Fire Prevention Month. 

Thursday morning the Kennewick Fire Department went around the Canyon Lakes residence area to help the elderly. Fire Inspector Brian Ellis told us, "we'll go across the city, assisting those who are elderly or disabled and can't safely change the batteries in their smoke detectors". 

Firefighters say smoke detectors are the absolute best way to survive a fire in your home. For two months the fire department will be changing the batteries and Ellis told us, "so we've been partnering with Energizer to provide the batteries we use for the replacement, we've been doing this for about 18 years community groups including the Kiwanis provides the smoke detectors themselves if we find one beyond repair if we find one completely damaged in some manor". 

We shadowed the fire fighters as they went to each of the homes and we talked with one elderly woman who has been getting her batteries changed by the fire department for the past few years. Dorothy Wik told us, "I think it's a good thing, and when you get to my age, I'll be 91 next month, and you have seen quite a few things in your lifetime". 

That is the main concern for the firefighters, they don't want the elderly attempting to climb ladders and risking an injury for a working smoke detector. Wik told us, "it takes a person that's pretty tall to reach those and my daughter forbids me to climb on the ladder". She is extra cautious because her family has been involved with fire departments for generations, "I'm a daughter of a fireman, and my grandfather started the volunteer fire department in Montesano Washington so I have been around firefighters all my life".

The Kennewick Fire Department says it is important that everyone checks their smoke detectors to make sure the batteries are not dead and that the alarm is working because one day it could save your life.