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Helping save lives one smoke alarm at a time

Minks describes the smoke alarm to mobile home resident Terue Anderson. - Photo by Kassie Korich
Minks describes the smoke alarm to mobile home resident Terue Anderson.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

As fire inspector Bill Minks, of Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, installed a free lithium battery smoke alarm in Terue Anderson’s home on Wednesday, she could hardly believe it actually has a 10-year battery life.

“10 years, that’s unbelievable,” Anderson said.

Local fire agencies recieved a countywide grant for the long-lasting smoke alarms late last year from the Centers for Disease Control. The grant, which was acquired by the Kitsap County Fire Prevention Officers Association, provides for an initial batch of 300 lithium battery-powered smoke alarms to be dispersed throughout the county.

“We’ll then get a monetary grant to purchase $1,000 worth of smoke alarms,” Minks said.

Those also will be dispersed throughout the county. Unlike standard battery smoke alarms which should be switched out with new batteries every year, the lithium batteries do not need battery changes. The entire smoke alarm, however, does need to be discarded after 10 years.

“Smoke alarms are early warning radars,” Minks said. “They give you those added seconds to get out.”

Staff members from local fire agencies were out in force this week installing the free smoke alarms, beginning with the Silverdale Mobile Estates off Central Valley Road. More than 100

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