Belleville residents in need of a smoke alarm can contact the city's fire department.
The free Smoke Alarm Installation program for Belleville residents has been going on for many years, according to Bud Jacobs of the Belleville Fire Department.
"We want to make sure everyone has a working smoke detector," Jacobs said. "We come out and install for city residents of Belleville to make sure they have at least one."
Belleville residents only may call 618-234-2236 to schedule an appointment for the fire department to come and install an alarm, for free.
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"A lot of the people we install for, they’re elderly or disabled and they need assistance," Jacobs said. "I’d rather our guys go and install than someone who shouldn’t be climbing on a chair or stool. We can do it for them."
According to Jacobs, Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour has a general policy — if the fire department is called to a residence, he wants the firemen to check for a working smoke alarm before they leave. The free installation program is an extension of that policy.
Last month, two men were killed in a trailer fire in Belleville. Pour previously said the trailer had no working smoke detectors.