Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

Elgin firefighters canvassed the area of Division Street on Thursday — near a house where a fire left two families homeless — to pass out smoke detectors and remind homeowners about the importance of having a properly installed and functioning smoke detector.

Five fire companies visited 70 homes in the neighborhood carrying donated smoke detectors, tools for installation and a brochure about fire safety. The firefighters also offered to test smoke detectors.

Canvassing a neighborhood where a significant fire occurred is part of a new initiative to promote the use of smoke detectors and reinforcing the benefits of these life-saving devices, according to an Elgin Fire Department news release.

According to statistics, dead batteries cause 24 percent of smoke alarm failures, and three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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