As a part of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, the Dixon City Fire Department, along with the Dixon Firefighters Charitable Association, conducted our seventh annual smoke detector program.
Smoke detectors are a very inexpensive form of life insurance. Early detection is the key to surviving if a fire were to strike your home.
On Saturday night, Oct. 12, our firefighters followed a pizza delivery person from six local pizza restaurants to 35 houses in Dixon. From the information we gathered, there is plenty of room for improvement.
Of the 35 houses, two did not wish to participate. Of the remaining 33 houses, 15 (45 percent) had working detectors on each floor, which is lower than last year at 57 percent. There is definitely room for improvement, with 100 percent being our goal.
Twenty smoke detectors were given away along with dozens of batteries. The Dixon Firefighters Charitable Association donated the smoke detectors. The batteries for smoke detectors were donated by Rayovac and are still available through November at both the Dixon City and Dixon Rural fire stations. Bring in your old 9-volt batteries, and we will replace them at no cost.
On behalf of the Dixon Fire Department and Firefighters Charitable Association, we would like to thank the following restaurants: Al and Leda’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Mama Cimino’s, Maria’s, and Angelo’s III. We also would like to thank Sauk Valley Media, River Country/WIXN, and WLLT for advertising the promotion. This was the seventh year for the program.
We would like to remind everyone to check their detectors, if they haven’t already, and stay safe.
Note to readers: Mark Callison is deputy chief for the Dixon City Fire Department.