Riverbend residents are being asked to check their smoke alarms by fire chiefs across the region.  Its Fire Prevention Week across the state, and having a working smoke alarm is "cheap insurance" according to one chief.

Wood River Fire Chief Steve Alexander tells The Big Z you should change the batteries in your smoke alarms, even if they are hard-wired to the electrical circuitry in your home.  And if the unit is more than 10 years old, replace it.

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Recent statistics indicate more than a third of all fatal fires happen in homes without working smoke alarms.

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