SANFORD — The Sanford Fire Department is continuing its campaign to reach out to local homeowners to make sure they’re safe.

Members of the Sanford Fire Department will install smoke alarms at no cost in the homes of Sanford and Springvale residents who don’t have them or have older units, with a focus on older adults, young people, and residents with disabilities who are vulnerable to fire deaths. This new program will increase the odds of surviving a home fire, said Sanford Fire Marshal Patrick Cotter.

Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device available, said Cotter. By simply having a smoke alarm in your home, your chance of dying in a fire is reportedly cut by 50 percent, he said.

The goal of the program, said Cotter, is to ensure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm in their home. Residents who wish to schedule a home visit may call the fire marshal at 324-5293 or email: [email protected]

This program is made possible through a donation from a local family who lost a family member in a house fire. The house had no working smoke alarms.

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