Ottumwa firefighters will spend a day installing smoke alarms for free

The Ottumwa Fire Department will soon be going door-to-door making sure residents have smoke detectors, and if they do not, the OFD will be installing them for free.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, the OFD was able to purchase 375 dual-sensor smoke alarms with a 10-year lithium battery. On Sept. 11, firefighters will be volunteering their time to make sure they can get as many alarms installed into as many homes as possible.

â??We're gonna start at the trailer courts because obviously the trailer courts are an important area because of how quickly a trailer can catch on fire and speed very rapidly, so were gonna start off with the trailer courts,â?? Capt. Pat Short said. â??We're eventually gonna make our way around the city. That will be the first day we do it. There will be dates coming up.â??

An astonishing 30 structure fires accounted for this year in the City of Bridges, did not have a working smoke alarm. If you would like to be the recipient of one of these free fire alarms on Sept. 11, you can contact the fire department at 641-683-0666.