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Department offers smoke detectors for those who can’t afford them

Do you or someone you know need a smoke detector but can’t afford it?

King George County’s Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services wants to help.

“If you know somebody who can’t afford a smoke detector, give us a call,” said Chief David Moody. “We will not only provide a smoke detector, free of charge, but we will go there and install as many as are needed.”

There were 31 residential and commercial fires in 2013 in King George. Already this year, fire claimed the life of one King George resident.  Bobby Self, 80, an Army veteran, waterman and musician, died March 1 when he was trapped inside his trailer off Pumpkin Neck Road.

Nationwide, 2,500 people die each year in home fires. Fatalities often can be avoided, Moody said, if there are smoke detectors on every level of a building.

For more information, call the department at 775-2222.