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Fire Prevention Week comes to a close with battery checks

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According to the National Fire Prevention Association, almost two-thirds (62%) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

That's enough reason for one last effort to inform the community about the importance of working smoke detectors.

The Cherry Valley Fire Department and Batteries Plus teamed up on Saturday to check detectors, give away 9-volt batteries and have some fun.

Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.

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