Landmark Skybox

Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
The Weather Network
Advanced Search
search sponsored by



home : news : state news free February 16, 2020

12/14/2019 9:29:00 AM
Families served by DCFS to be provided free smoke detectors

DECATUR, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced a new program to provide smoke alarms to families served by the department if they do not have a working smoke alarm in their home. Families served by DCFS may now request smoke alarms from their caseworker; and caseworkers will now have access to a supply of smoke alarms when visiting families.

According to the National Fire Protection Association:

- Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

- More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

- The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

"Fire prevention experts have documented that smoke alarms save lives," said Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith. "The department is committed to doing everything we can to protect Illinois children, and ensuring that every family we serve has a working smoke alarm is one more step we are taking to ensure families and children are safe." Families served by DCFS may request smoke alarms from their caseworker or call their local field office directly to request one.

"Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February," said DCFS Regional Administrator Maria Miller. "With the launch of this program we have already distributed 15 smoke alarms to Macon County families, and with this program all caseworkers statewide can quickly provide smoke alarms to the families we work with. This is one more initiative to keep children safe – a top priority of our work."

Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on each floor of the home.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

If you are looking for the SPEAK OUT submission form, you can find it by clicking here: Speak Out Form

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

NOTE: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address will not be displayed or shared.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Trinity Dodge Fixed
Dr Paul The Dentist
NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact UsLife
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved