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First Alert Announces Winning Departments of Risk Reduction Alarm Giveaway

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AURORA, IL -- Five fire departments will improve carbon monoxide (CO) safety in their communities this winter thanks to the "Community Risk Reduction Week" alarm giveaway from First Alert.

Winning departments were randomly selected from hundreds of giveaway entrants to each receive 50 CO alarms. Alarms will support local fire departments initiatives for the upcoming inaugural Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, occurring January 20-26, 2020.

The winning fire departments represent a wide array of entries from both municipal and volunteer departments across the country:

  • Elmwood Park Fire Department (Elmwood Park, Ill.)
  • Fillmore Fire Department (Fillmore, Wis.)
  • Flint Fire Department (Flint, Mich.)
  • New Boston Volunteer Fire Department (New Boston, Texas)
  • Plympton Fire Department (Plympton, Mass.)

"We are thankful to fire service professionals who dedicate their lives to home safety and are planning CRR Week initiatives to increase community safety," said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety.* "Community-wide efforts help reduce future incidents, and we are proud to support these departments with alarm donations."

Why It Matters
The risk for CO poisoning significantly increases during the winter months, making CRR Week a valuable opportunity to improve CO safety in the community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50,000 emergency room visits and over 430 deaths are attributed to CO poisoning in the U.S. each year, making it the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the country. The alarm donations from the "Community Risk Reduction Week" giveaway may be used as the winning fire departments see fit, helping to equip those most in need in their communities.

A recent survey** revealed that only 47 percent of Americans have at least one working CO alarm, and nearly two-thirds of homes did not comply with established CO alarm recommendations. Current National Fire Protection Association guidelines recommend installing CO alarms on each level of the home, including the basement, and near every sleeping area.
For more information on home safety, visit www.firstalert.com.






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