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Fire Department Launches Program To Install Free Smoke Detectors

WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley Fire Department launched a smoke detector program Monday with a goal to equip all residences inside the city limits with smoke detectors. Fire Chief Mark McGavock reported the smoke alarms are available on a first-come, first served basis and there are no income stipulations or other criteria for eligibility.

“When we pull up on a fire scene, the first thing we should hear are the smoke detectors beeping and the fire crackling,” McGavock said. “But we are pulling up to fires with smoke coming out of them and not hearing the smoke detectors.”

The smoke detectors are provided to the fire department by the state rating bureau. The only requirement is to fill out a simple, eight-question survey that will take less than a minute. The link to fill out a survey is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RsdIFCg3bG69y939H04mCFgWHyi_Yo5QMP1ai0tUywg/edit. Copies of the survey are also available at the fire and police department on Wise Street.

“Or you can call me and I will bring you a copy of the survey,” McGavock said. “We want to make this as easy as possible.”

The chief can be reached at (662) 473-7486.

Once the survey is completed, the fire department will schedule an appointment to install the smoke detectors – one in each bedroom and one in a common area of the house. The home visit will also include an optional fire safety inspection to identify potential hazards.
The chief also stressed that if you already have smoke detectors in your house, you can still participate in the program.

“We will check the batteries in your smoke detectors or replace older detectors. We will also install additional smoke detectors to make sure your home is completely covered,” McGavock explained.
The chief also said people who live outside the city limits of Water Valley are not eligible for the program.

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