Cedar Rapids Firefighters to Promote Home Safety


By Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids firefighters are visiting homes as part of an annual event to replace batteries in smoke alarms.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department's "Battery Up" campaign involves firefighters visiting the homes of senior citizens and physically disabled residents to replace worn or missing batteries in smoke alarms. They will also perform home fire safety inspections.

The department is partnering with the Grant Wood Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for the event. More than 170 homes were visited last year and more than 650 batteries were replaced. More than 40 new smoke alarms were installed.

The event will run from March 6 through March 8.

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