Alicia Smith, The Chronicle-Telegram

The death of three Elyrians has the Fire Department working to prevent a repeat of the tragedies of 2009 by handing out free smoke detectors to residents.

The program is focusing on providing smoke detectors to low-income families and senior citizens. For those who cannot install their smoke detectors themselves, the Fire Department will send someone out to help put it in place.

“We’ve wanted to start this sort of program since the summer,” said Elyria Fire Chief Rich Benton. “But I had a hard time getting someone that had smoke detectors available to donate.”

Smoke detectors will be made available while supplies last. Residents are asked to with go to the Cedar Street Fire Station between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or call the station at (440) 323-4815 or (440) 322-1024.

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