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Clermont recently proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in an effort to make the public more aware of hazards and to remind them that smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years. The city noted that homes are the locations where people are at the greatest risk if fire.

In 2014, 2,745 people died in house fires according to officials. City Fire Inspector Jennifer Pierce pointed out that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present. She also said that three out of five fire deaths are from homes without working smoke detectors.

The Clermont Fire Department used the opportunity tom remind people to check the dates on their smoke detectors. Units over 10 years old should be replaced.

The public is also encouraged to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors when clocks change for Daylight Saving Time.

Clermont proclamation gives officials a chance
to remind public to replace aging smoke detectors
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Members of the Clermont City Council joined with fire officials and the Clermont Fire Explorers in declaring Fire Prevention Week. The city used the opportunity to remind the public to replace smoke detectors that are older than 10 years. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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