The Effingham Fire Department will conduct their annual community Smoke Detector Program June 8-10. It is the goal of the Effingham Fire Department to make sure that every resident is protected by a working smoke detector. The program is designed to help homeowners maintain their smoke detectors in their homes. The program also gives firefighters an opportunity to interact with the residents of Effingham.
The Fire Department will be going into neighborhoods within the city and walk door to door asking residents if they would like their smoke detector checked. If the resident accepts the service, the Fire Department will check the detector and make sure it is working correctly. If it is not working they will replace the battery or replace the detector if needed at no cost to the homeowner. The Fire Department will conduct the smoke detector checks from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
The goal is to walk a different neighborhood within the city for three consecutive days in June, July and August. Again this is a free service to the homeowner and participation is not mandatory. If the resident is not home at the time of the visit a door hanger will be placed on the front door. This will give the resident the opportunity to contact the Effingham Fire Department for a return visit. All of the firefighters walking the neighborhood will be in uniform and will provide proper identification.
Any questions about the program may be addressed by contacting Firefighter Tasha Lange, who is the Public Education Coordinator with the Effingham Fire Department at 217/342-2555.