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Maine Govenor Signs Carbon Monoxide Bill

Maine Gov. John Baldacci today ceremonially signed a measure intended to cut down on the number of carbon monoxide poisonings in Maine. LD 550 updates a law that governs the placement and testing of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and clarifies that...
June 29, 2009 by klehan

Lynchburg, VA, Warns of Door-to-Door Sales of Alarm Systems

Questions about door-to-door sales of alarm systems in Lynchburg, VA, have prompted police to caution residents and remind them to check out sales deals before committing. Over the past few weeks, the Lynchburg Police Department has received many calls...
June 29, 2009 by klehan

U.S. Senators Introduce Carbon Monoxide Bill

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar along with and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson introduced legislation Tuesday to combat deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning.  The Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, modeled after similar...
June 10, 2009 by klehan

Minneapolis, PD, Warns of Pushy Alarm Salespeople

The city of Minneapolis is warning residents of high-pressure door-to-door home alarm sales efforts, which can seem like a good deal, but can end up costing homeowners thousands in the long-run. The city wants homeowners to know there are often hidden...
May 21, 2009 by klehan

CO Detector Law Passes Maine House, Now to Senate

It is a well-known fact that all apartments in Maine must have fire detectors. But soon, carbon monoxide detectors may be added to the list of rental unit must-haves. A bill that would require carbon monoxide detectors in all single-family homes being...
May 07, 2009 by klehan

Redding, WA, Sees Burglaries Rise during Recession

When Ilene Taylor opened her skateboard shop in Redding, WA, last December, she never considered getting a security system. It proved to be a costly mistake. Taylor's Redding Skate Shop, which she owns with her son, Casey Nelson, was burglarized...
May 04, 2009 by klehan

Police Captain: Burglars Avoid Alarm Systems

Southern Indiana police agencies are stepping up patrols after a pair being called the “daytime burglars” allegedly struck multiple homes this week. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department worked nine burglaries in April. Seven of those have been residences...
May 04, 2009 by klehan

Washington Govenor Signs CO Detector Bill

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on April 30, 2009, signed a bill into law designed to prevent carbon monoxide poisonings by requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in new construction. Amy Searight came to Olympia after losing her husband...
May 01, 2009 by klehan

Braidwood, IL, PD Providing Free Burglar Alarms to Minimize Crime

The Braidwood, IL, Police Department will now supply home burglar alarms for every Braidwood resident. The announcement was made at the April 28 regular meeting of the Braidwood City Council. Acting Chief Brandon Myers said the department was now implementing...
April 29, 2009 by klehan

Morton, PA, NOw Requires CO Detectors

The Morton, PA, council recently enacted an ordinance requiring carbon monoxide detectors in every residence and commercial establishment in the borough. The ordinance requires compliance by July 1. Solicitor Jay Wills said the detectors are to be...
April 14, 2009 by klehan

Weston, CT, EMTs Want CO Detectors in Every Home

Emergency workers in Weston, CT, are moving closer to their goal of equipping every house in Weston with a carbon monoxide detector by Thanksgiving of this year. Lou Dempsey of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Chief John Pokorny told the...
April 09, 2009 by klehan

Oregon Lawmakers Urged to Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Choking back tears, Kari Rittenour urged a House committee on Wednesday to require that most homes and apartments in Oregon be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to prevent tragedies like the one that took the life of her stepbrother and his family...
April 09, 2009 by klehan

Charleston, OR, FD Checking /Installing Smoke Detectors on April 15

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshall, a working smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire and the Charleston, OR, Fire District is spreading that message with a first of it's kind campaign in the community. Next Wednesday, April 15th,...
April 09, 2009 by klehan

Alarm and Sprinklers Avert Disaster at Rehab Facility

In Terre Haute, IN, as a building’s charred remains smoke in silence, it’s difficult to remember that it could have been much worse. “The point we’re trying to get across is that yes, there’s going to be damage. But if there had not been a sprinkler...
April 09, 2009 by klehan

Farmington, CT, PD Gives Seniors Safety Tips

You leave the interior door between the garage and the house open because you’re only going to the store for a few minutes. You haven’t checked if your house alarm is working in months, or better yet, you don’t bother to turn it on when you leave....
April 08, 2009 by klehan

Iredell County, NC, To Fine for False Alarms

Beginning Wednesday, false fire alarms will mean the possibility of a fine in Iredell County, NC. An ordinance, adopted by the Iredell County Board of Commissioners, will impose civil fines on what are called excessive alarms — more than three in...
April 01, 2009 by klehan

CDC: Older Women Living Alone Vulnerable to Intrusions

Older women who live alone are vulnerable to unwanted intrusions in their homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caregivers of older women often evaluate crime risk and home security, but fail to identify women's intentions...
April 01, 2009 by klehan

Metro, TN, Alarm Registration Due by April 1, 2009

Metro, TN, residents and business owners with burglar or fire alarm systems must renew their permits by the end of the day April, I, 2009, the Metro Clerk’s Office said. Permits for residential properties cost $20. Permits for businesses or non-residential...
March 31, 2009 by klehan

Pinellas County, FL, Firefighters Warn of Smoke Alarm Scam

Fire officials from several Pinellas County municipalities are warning residents about a company that is promoting hard-wired fire alarm systems that end up costing thousands of dollars. The St. Petersburg company is allegedly directing sales calls...
March 31, 2009 by klehan

Free Smoke Alarms From Lauderdale County, MS, Volunteer Fire Department

Officials with Lauderdale County, MS, Volunteer Fire want the public to be aware that many Lauderdale County residents are eligible for free smoke alarms.  Those eligible include the elderly and families with children 14 years old and younger...
March 30, 2009 by klehan

Temple U. and Philly FD Offer Adapted Alarms to Special Needs Families

Temple University is teaming up with the Philadelphia Fire Department to keep special needs families safe with adapted fire alarms. Aimed at those with hearing disabilities, the three part device is made up of a traditional smoke alarm connected to...
March 27, 2009 by klehan

Scotland County, SC, Burglaries Up 50% - Police Urge Alarm Systems

Break-ins increased by more than 50 percent in Scotland County, SC, from January of 2008 to January of 2009, according to local law officials. The Scotland County Sheriff's Department had 44 reported break-ins in January of this year, but just 29 the...
March 25, 2009 by klehan

Lake Alford, FL, Approves Alarm Permit/Fine Ordinance

Lake Alfred, FL, wants to jump on the money bandwagon for the city with the tentatively approved law last recently, which means its citizens will have to pay an annual permit fee of $25 to the city to have an alarm system in their homes or businesses...
March 25, 2009 by klehan

Colorado Bill Requiring CO Detectors To be Signed into Law

A bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in Colorado will be signed into law on March 24, 2009, by the governor.  Signing of the "The Lofgren and Johnson Family Carbon Monoxide Safety Act," House Bill 1091, by Gov. Bill Ritter takes place at...
March 24, 2009 by klehan

Berlin, CT, Residents Warned of Scam Calls from Fake Fire Marshal

Berlin, CT, residents need to be on the alert for a scam artist, the fire marshal said March 23, 2009. Fire Marshal Steven Waznia said a Berlin resident reported that someone call him claiming to be from the fire marshal's office and asked for personal...
March 24, 2009 by klehan

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