OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Fire Department would like to remind the community about the city's free smoke detector program. The Ottumwa Fire Department has teamed up with the American Red Cross and the Iowa Fire Marshal's Office to offer this program to the citizens of Ottumwa and the surrounding area.
"With the temperatures starting to dip below zero, older homes become more vulnerable to fires," Deputy Chief Cory Benge said. "The extra strain that space heaters puts on aging electrical systems and space heater use in general seems to be the cause of most fires this time of year."
Smoke detectors are available at Ottumwa Central Fire Station located at the corner of Fourth and Wapello streets across from Walgreens. Ottumwa firefighters will even install detectors for residents who are unable or unsure how to do it.
Also, residents who need the batteries changed in their detector and are unable or unsure how to, can call the Ottumwa Fire Department and they will change batteries and inspect your current detector to ensure that it's installed correctly and is the correct type. Detectors should be changed every 10 years and should be tested monthly.
Anyone with any questions regarding smoke detectors can call the Ottumwa Fire Department at 641-683-0667, extension #4.