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Smoke Detectors Spreading In The Quad Cities

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For three years now, the Clinton Fire Department has been installing smoke detectors free of charge in homes that have none and because of the program other communities across the state and in the Q.C.A are starting similar programs.

It all started three years ago after a deadly fire killed four people including two young boys.

The home did not have working smoke detectors and at the time firefighters say half the calls they responded to didn't either.

This program is making no sure no home goes without one.

"Since it started, we've installed probably 1500 homes and we're up to at least 3000-3500 smoke detectors," Clinton Fire Department Battalian Chief Fredrick Rolling said.

That number has now grown to 36,00 smoke detectors in Clinton and Davenport may be next.

The Davenport Fire Department regularly goes to schools to give talks on fire safety. After one speech, one firefighter's son asked his dad how kids without smoke alarms get out of houses safely.

That prompted one engineer to take the next step and find a way to put a smoke alarm in every home in Davenport.

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