JCFD working to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning with free alarms

Lowe's Home Improvement Store donated 100 Carbon Monoxide alarms (KRCG 13)

The Jefferson City Fire Department will continue installing and checking smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide alarms Thursday.

It's an annual campaign where JCFD partners with Lowe's Home Improvement Store to make sure residents have working smoke alarms in their homes, but this is the first year they're also working to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Division Chief Jason Turner said Lowe's donated 100 CO detectors; he explained there is a cost difference. Smoke detectors on average can be purchased for a few dollars, whereas CO alarms could range from $18 to $25.

So far this week, firefighters have installed 40 CO alarms.

"One of the things we're also doing along with CO alarms is checking smoke alarms and making sure homes are prepared. We're making sure individuals know what to do in case of an emergency," Turner said. "If you don't have a plan and you don't practice that plan, that plan is worthless."

Turner recommended taking a moment to discuss the plan with family members. He said it's important to know what to do at 3 in the morning.

The elderly and those on a fixed income are priority when it comes to choosing which homes to install the alarms but Turner said at the end of the day they want everyone to be safe.

For more information, you can contact the Jefferson City Fire Department at (573) 634-6410.

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