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Smoke detectors available for Chesapeake, Union residents

Chief Ed Webb, with the Chesapeake Union Fire Department, installs a smoke detector in a home in Chesapeake Thursday.

Chief Ed Webb, with the Chesapeake Union Fire Department, installs a smoke detector in a home in Chesapeake Thursday.

CHESAPEAKE — Smoke detectors are available for anyone in Chesapeake or Union Township who need them.

Chesapeake fire chief Ed Webb said the Chesapeake-Rome-Proctorville Lions Club donated “substantial money” in December for the fire department to purchase the detectors through co-operation with Lowe’s in Burlington.

Webb said the funds from the Lions were secured due to the work of Scott Hart, a member of the organization.

The detectors are available to residents now and the fire department will install them at no cost.

Webb was out for his first request for the detectors on Thursday to install one in a trailer in Chesapeake where he positioned the device in the home’s hallway.

“The money donated by the Lions can go toward one or two detectors for a home, which are of great value in saving lives,” Webb said.

According the National Fire Protection Association, reduces the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent.

Smoke detectors should be tested once a month and installed in bedrooms and outside the sleeping area on every level of a home, the group said.

Those interested can call the Chesapeake Fire Department at 740-867-5988.