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Fire department will install free smoke detectors

March 08, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

The Hagerstown Fire Department will install a free smoke alarm for any city resident who requests one.

The alarms run on lithium batteries, which last 10 years.

Since January 2007, the department has installed 1,250 lithium-battery smoke alarms in 600 homes in Hagerstown, said Mike Weller, Hagerstown fire prevention coordinator. Everyone should have a working smoke alarm that is less than 10 years old on every level of their home, Weller said.

For those who do not live within Hagerstown's city limits, but would like to install lithium-battery smoke alarms, most major retail outlets sell them, Weller said.

"Working smoke alarms obviously save lives," he said.

To request installation, call 301-791-2205.

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