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Free smoke alarms in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) --  Families of pre-K and elementary-aged kids in Cedar Rapids can sign-up to get up to two free dual sensor smoke alarms.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is taking part in the Iowa State Fire Marshal's "100 Years/100%" Smoke Detector Project.

As the Office of the State Fire Marshal approaches their 100-year anniversary, the goal of the fire service is to check for and install at least two working smoke alarms in 100 percent of the homes of Pre-Kindergarten and elementary age students in the State of Iowa.

The program, funded by corporate donations, will supply at least two battery-powered dual sensor smoke alarms by the end of 2011 at no cost to the families of pre-kindergarten and elementary-aged kids.

Members of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will attend parent-teacher conferences at 30 elementary schools throughout the Cedar Rapids area.  Parents will be asked to complete a quick survey on the number of working smoke alarms in their home.  Teachers and administrators will help collect and organize the surveys, so that firefighters will be able to know how many homes need smoke alarms.

Cedar Rapids firefighters will then call families throughout 2011 that requested smoke alarms to set up a time for installation.  Firefighters will work with civic organizations to will install or replace the older smoke alarms.

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