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Thursday, September 30, 2010 ity Tri-County News • Kimball, MN C O,]L[.[ ::gii: .. " " ..... ..... -- ................ ]fll]llflflfll]l]]lll" I I Memory Walk is Oct. 2 If you&apos;re the kind of person who's not going to sit on the side- lines when there's a chance to change the future, then you're the person we need. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and nearly 10 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now[ Join the 2010 Western Minnesota Memory Walk on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Whitney Senior Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. In 2009, the St. Cloud walk raised more than $53,000 for Alzheimer's research, care and support. Since 1989, Memory Walks across the nation have raised more than $300 million for the cause. To learn more about the Mem- ory Walk or make a donation, call (320) 257-0699 or visit <www.alz. org.mnnd>. Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3-9 Smoke alarm recommendations Because statistics show that smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half, the non- profit National Fire Protection Asso- ciation (NFPA) is promoting "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" / as the theme for this year's Fire Pre- vention Week campaign, Oct. 3-9. Grinnell Mutual is joiningwith NFPA, the 88-year official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, to educate home owners and business owners about current smoke alarm recommenda- tions. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire, if they're working properly. But smoke alarm maintenance is up to home owners. "Many homes may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working," says Alan Clark, Grinnell Mutual's assistant vice president of Special Investigations. Each year, the Spe- cial Investigation Unit conducts approximately 20 investigations involving fire fatalities throughout the Midwest. "We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level (including the base- ment), outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced." According to NFPA's data, many homes have smoke alarms that aren't working or maintained prop- erly, usually because of missing,. disconnected, or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no work- ing smoke alarms. ' widespread problem we see is that home owners discon- nect or remove the battery rather than replacing it when their smoke detector starts chirping," says Clare "Most people have a sense of complacency about smoke alarms because they already have one in their homes. Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportu- nity to re-educate people about smoke alarms, new technologies and expanded options for instal- lation and maintenance," says Judy Comoletti, division manager for NFPA public education. "Ulti- mately, we want this year's cam- paign to serve as a call to action for I I households nationwide to inspect their homes to ensure that their families have the full smoke alarm protection that's recommended." Home owners can make sure their smoke alarms are maintained and working properly with these tips from Grinnell Mutual: • Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound. • If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the bat- tery right away. • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they're 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested. • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. • Interconnect hard-wired smoke alarms so if one sounds, all will sound. Contact a certified elec- trician or purchase wireless sys- tems that can you can install your- self. Grinnell Mutual also recom- mends taking general safety pre- cautions to protect your home: • Take caution while cooking. Several fires begin when people Page 11 IIIII leave the kitchen while they are cooking. • Use carbon monoxide detec- tors. • Install a residential sprinkler system in all new construction. To find out more about Fire Pre- vention Week programs and activ- ities in your community, con- tact your local fire department. To learn more about fire prevention, visit NFPA's website at <www.fire preventionweek.org>, or Grinnell Mutual's website at <www.grinnell- mutual.corn>. About Grinnell Mutual Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Compan with headquarters in Grinnell, Iowa, has been in busi- ness since 1909, providing reinsur- ance, property and casualty insur- ance products for home owners, farm owners and business owners through nearly 1,600 independent agents in 11 Midwestern states. The company is the largest primary rein- surer of farm mutual companies in North America. 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