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Oklahoma City firefighters remind residents to check smoke alarms, change batteries

Oklahoma City firefighters distribute free smoke alarms to residents and will install them if needed.
by Robert Medley Modified: October 7, 2013 at 6:00 am •  Published: October 7, 2013

Deanna Sinopoli already had two working smoke alarms in her house in the Venice neighborhood of northwest Oklahoma City.

Trouble was, she couldn't hear them go off. Sinopoli, 71, has hearing loss and needs a hearing aid. When she sleeps at night she can't hear the smoke alarms in her bedroom.

Sinopoli was more than happy to greet firefighters at her door last week for free smoke alarms. She found out they would install another one in her bedroom so she could hear it without her hearing aid.

“If there had been a fire, I could not have heard the one in the hallway,” Sinopoli said.

Oklahoma firefighters last week knocked on doors and gave away smoke alarms and batteries, Oklahoma City fire Maj. Tammy McKinney said. Energizer donated 42 packs of batteries, smoke alarms and flashlights to the fire department as part of a national program.

After a fire safety demonstration at Sequoyah Elementary School, 2400 NW 36, firefighters gave away the smoke alarm packages to people in the Venice neighborhood.

“We remind folks that they need to be sure to change those batteries once a year and check those smoke detectors once a month,” McKinney said.

October is fire prevention month, and it's often the month when cold weather arrives, McKinney said. Firefighters see an increase in the number of home fires when people start using their heaters.

“Smoke detectors are so important,” she said.

Anyone can get a free smoke alarm by going to a fire station.

Oklahoma City residents also can call 297-3318 to ask for a smoke detector. Firefighters will install them if needed.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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