Fire department says demand for smoke detectors high, devices running low

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Firefighters have responded to three fatal house fires in 2017, resulting in six deaths.

The common thread, officials say, is there were no working smoke detectors in any of the homes. The Lexington Fire Department launched a smoke alarm program to prevent these deaths from happening. Firefighters will go to homes and install smoke alarms in homes that don't have them. However, this year, the department is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

"I think because of the fatalities we've had, people are more aware. So demand has gone up. Now we're just at the bottom of the barrel," said Battalion Chief Joe Best.

Despite support from various grants and the Red Cross, the fire department is now down to a two-week supply of smoke detectors. They're hoping donations from the community will help keep their smoke alarm program afloat.

"The Fraternal Order of Firefighters has set up a PayPal account on their website. 100% of that money will go straight to smoke alarms for Lexington residents."

Peak fire season runs from November through February. That's why firefighters say this program is vitally important.

"Make sure you test your detector is working, make sure your detector is working. It's one of the cheapest forms of life insurance you can get for your family."

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