Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal (l) and Fire Prevention Coordinator Darron Carr (r). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

It’s Fire Prevention Week and the Morris Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Coordinator Darron Carr was on the KMRS Community Connection program to remind listeners to check their smoke detectors monthly and make sure batteries work when changing them.

“People forget these things are hanging in the ceiling or on the wall. They’re made so they kind of blend in with the wall,” said Carr. “Well, that doesn’t help anything because everybody forgets about the batteries in there until they start making noise and that can be too late. Noise meaning if the battery’s low, sometimes they’ll chirp and people get annoyed with that and take the battery out and don’t put a new one in. And that’s very, very dangerous, because we need these things in the middle of the night to wake you up so you can get out.”

Smoke detectors more than 10 years old should be replaced. Fire Department personnel will be at area schools this week talking about this year’s theme: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.”

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