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Chief’s Corner: Program offers free strobe smoke alarms for deaf/hard of hearing

Mike Brown

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

We would like to let our residents know about a program that is available through Washoe County, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

This grant-funded program offers free strobe alarms and vibrating alert smoke detectors to residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Ten-year lithium battery operated smoke alarms are also available through this program.

"The purpose of this project is to protect our children by promoting general education and awareness for Washoe County's special needs populations, specifically the deaf and hard of hearing," said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. "This is a region wide project in cooperation with TMFPD and other fire agencies, including North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department and the Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department."

To pick up a free strobe and vibrating alarm or a 10-year lithium battery-operated smoke alarm, please stop by our admin office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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"Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly," said Mark Regan, Assistant Fire Marshal for NLTFPD.