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April 16, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- Recently, a home without a smoke detector was destroyed in Spring Valley and another was severely damaged, San Miguel Fire Department reports. Did you know that:

✪Thirty-seven percent of the homes in the USA still don’t have a working smoke detector
✪Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire by half!
✪Nationally, 83 percent of fire-related deaths were the result of home fires

“In both cases the advance warning could have prevented injury and saved
hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage,” says Leonard Villareal, media spokesperson for San Miguel.

On Saturday April 17, the San Miguel Fire District, the Burn Institute and San Miguel Firefighters from Local 1434 will team up to install Smoke Detectors or replace batteries for residents of the Greenwood Villas Apartments (the location of the February, 2010 fire.)

“This volunteer effort will assure every resident, and their neighbors, will get a warning before it’s too late,” Villareal concludes.

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