UHRICHSVILLE (Tusco TV) - City firefighters are taking a hands-on approach to fire safety by making sure residents have working smoke detectors inside their homes.

Firefighter Shayne Dorland says the department is participating in the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign. He says its a nationwide program where firefighters go out to homes and install free lithium battery-powered smoke detectors with a 10-year lifespan. 

"We’ll go in, check and see if they have at least one smoke detector on each level of their house and if they don’t, we will gladly provide a smoke detector for each level of the house. We’ll actually go in and install them and make sure everything is working properly," he says.
In addition to installing smoke detectors, Dorland says firefighters will also do a home safety walk-thru and talk to the residents about fire prevention. 

"It’s just not a walk in the house, give them a smoke detector. We actually go in, make sure smoke detectors should be in the right place. We’ll make sure their house is as safe as possible for fire. We’ll make sure there’s no extension cord plugged into extension cord plugged into extension cord," he says. 

The free program is available to Uhrichsville, Mill and Union Township residents. People can sign up by calling the Uhrichsville Fire Station at 740-922-1243 or emailing


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