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Scouts help check on detectors

October 07, 1998

Scouts check smoke detectorsby: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




Boy Scout Troop No. 5 accompanied Maugansville Volunteer Fire Department officials Wednesday night as they continued to canvass the community for smoke detectors and discuss other fire safety issues during National Fire Prevention Week, which continues through Saturday.

Above, Scouts Robby Holsinger, left, and Chuck Elliott Jr. check the smoke detector in the home of Maugansville resident Donald Foster.

Maugansville Chief Phil Ridenour said the official theme is "The Great Escape," designed to educate residents about the proper method of evacuating their homes in case of fire. Coupling that approach with smoke detector checks made sense, Ridenour said, since people have to be alerted to fire before they can escape.

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As a rule, detectors should be replaced if they are 10 years old.

Replacement detectors should have test buttons and electric smoke detectors should have a battery backup, officials said.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, all fire companies in Washington County activated their sirens in observance of Fire Prevention Week.

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