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Oshkosh Fire Department visiting residences for Fire Prevention Week

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Firefighters to check working smoke detectors through Oct. 10

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh Fire Department is reminding the public of Fire Prevention Week.

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, (October 6-12), the Oshkosh Fire Department will be canvassing a neighborhood on the south side of the city offering to check residences for working smoke detectors. The boundaries for this project are in the neighborhood bordered by 17th Avenue-20th Avenue (North-South) and Oregon Street-Ohio Street (East-West).

If the number of smoke detectors in each home is less than ideal or the batteries are missing or non-functional, firefighters will either install new detectors or replace/install batteries at no charge. This will take place on October 8-10 from 4:30-6 p.m.

“A lot of detectors are going in which is a good thing and a bad thing,” said John Holland, Public Information Officer with the Oshkosh Fire Department. “We’re always amazed at how many people are missing detectors completely, which is kind of odd. But we’re happy to help and that’s what we’re doing out here this week.”

Something new this year, firefighters are getting some assistance from the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority from UW-Oshkosh.

According to the Oshkosh Fire Department, the program has seen a number of improvements since its inception. In 2016, there was a family alerted to a fire in their home and safely escaped due to a detector that the fire department had installed.

All of the funding for the project comes from donations with no city tax dollars being used. In the 11 years of the program, over 1,000 detectors and almost 1,000 batteries have been installed.

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