AFD: Goal is to install 2,000 smoke detectors in 2014

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by KVUE News / Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK / KVUE.com

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Posted on January 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 19 at 1:45 PM

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AUSTIN -- After a fatal fire in Northeast Austin earlier this week teams from the Austin Fire Department went back to the neighborhood to install smoke detectors in homes in the area.

The house where a woman was killed in a fire on Monday Jan. 13  did not have a working smoke alarm.

On Saturday the crews visited 132 homes in the neighborhood and installed 130 smoke alarms in 42 homes.

90 percent of homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms, but one-third of those do not work.

AFD received a grant allowing the department to install smoke alarms in homes across Austin. AFD's goal is to install 2,000 smoke detectors in 2014. Austin residents who need a smoke alarm can get one from AFD for free by calling this hotline: 512-974-0290.

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