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Grant in Action: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives

Donations Benefit Community Residents

An $8,700 grant from MMC Foundation will help the Springfield Fire Department continue to install a new alarm in homes throughout central Sangamon County.

Sleeping people don’t wake up unless a carbon monoxide alarm wakes them up. The alarm never sleeps. So while we sleep, they are still working. Early detection of smoke and carbon monoxide is the key to saving lives."

“Many people think it will never happen to them or they are safe, so they don’t think installing alarms is a priority,” said Captain James Price, public education officer with the Springfield Fire Department. “It’s common for people at high risk not to even realize it. Springfield Fire Department has been targeting these higher risk residents of central Sangamon County to assist them in staying safe.” 

Most people are familiar with the importance of smoke alarms, but it also is imperative for homes to be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm because the colorless, odorless gas is known as the silent killer.

“Sleeping people don’t wake up unless a carbon monoxide alarm wakes them up. The alarm never sleeps. So while we sleep, they are still working. Early detection of smoke and carbon monoxide is the key to saving lives,” Price said.  

The grant will purchase more than 300 combination alarms for the fire department’s Home Safety Visit program. The alarms are installed at no cost by a member of the department or someone from a partner agency.

“Springfield Fire Department responds to a wide variety of emergencies, so our resources are largely aimed at response, such as vehicles, equipment and personnel. The Foundation grant allows us to use our resources for other areas of need and also helps community members stay safe,” Price said.

If residents of central Sangamon County think they might need an alarm, please contact SFD Fire Safety at 217-789-2170 or sfdfiresafety@springfield.il.us

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