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March 19, 2013

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ASHLAND — Smoke detector use promoted

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The Kentucky Fire Commission encourages Kentuckians to practice fire safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms. Since January, there have been 22 fire fatalities across the state. “It’s simple — smoke detectors save lives,” said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day. “These devices provide residents time to escape potential fatal situations before they become trapped by flames or overcome by smoke.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, when smoke detectors are present, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent. The U.S Fire Administration ranks Kentucky ninth in the United States for fire deaths. The commission offers the following tips on smoke alarms:

‰Place smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.

‰Interconnect smoke alarms — if one sounds, they all sound.

‰Inspect and test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. A good reminder is to change batteries when you change your clocks.

‰Install smoke alarms away from air vents.

For more information about smoke detectors, callyour local fire department. The Ashland Fire Department installs smoke detectors at no charge.

JSF book group to meet Tuesday

ASHLAND

The Regional Readers’ Book Group will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Jesse Stuart Foundation.

This month, the featured selection is “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake” by Jenny Wingfield. Readers will also consider book selections for the 2013 reading list and encourage suggestions. The group is open to all.

Also, JSF announced Adam Swinford has been added to the staff. The 25-year-old native of Catlettsburg will handle mail order business and warehousing.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Swinford said. “There are several writers in my family, so books are in my blood, and it’s nice to be a part of the industry.”

James Gifford, JSF CEO and senior editor, said Swinford will be a great asset.

Meetings

Thursday

Wurtland City Commission, work session, 3:30 p.m. at the city building.

 

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