The Cicero Fire Department distributed 600 free smoke detectors to residents on Oct. 11 at the Cicero Community Center in a joint effort with the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Kohl’s Cares in celebration of Fire Prevention Week.
Every year, nearly 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires in the United States. A majority of these fires happen when families are asleep and unaware a fire has started. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms have been labeled as one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning.
“Cicero distributes smoke detectors to residents year round, but we were happy to partner with Kohl’s Cares and Lurie Children’s Hospital to showcase the continued need for residents to monitor and install smoke detectors,” said Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi.
“We distributed these smoke detectors to residents today to commemorate Fire Prevention Week. It’s important to raise awareness of fire safety and make sure every home in the community has a properly-installed smoke detector. Smoke detectors save lives. Every home should have at least one for each floor.”
Fire Chief Buscemi said that anyone who would like to receive a free smoke detector should visit one of the town’s fire houses during daytime hours.
For more than 13 years, Kohl’s Cares has supported the Lurie Children’s Play-It-Safe, which implements community-based solutions and projects to reduce children’s injuries. Kohl’s donations to the center has surpassed $535,000 already this year.