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State Fire Marshal Launches "Be Alarmed!" Program

The OSFM will work jointly with the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to provide smoke alarms and fire prevention education across Illinois

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) today launched 'Be Alarmed!' – a joint smoke alarm installation program that provides smoke alarms to Illinoisans through their local fire departments. The OFSM will distribute smoke alarms with 10-year sealed batteries and fire safety educational materials to participating fire departments, at no-cost to residents. The OSFM requires participating fire departments to personally install each smoke alarm, educate the community on fire prevention and safety, and provide installation survey data to the IFSA.

'Working smoke alarms provide crucial advance warning and can potentially save lives,' said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. 'The ‘Be Alarmed!' program will help ensure that Illinoisans have the tools and know-how to prevent and escape a fire should one occur. We encourage everyone to be alarmed in the new year and make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms.'

'Six out of ten residential fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms,' said Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Executive Director, Philip Zaleski. 'The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is excited to have developed this program in cooperation with the State Fire Marshal's Office to provide smoke alarms to Illinois residents and help reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths across the state.'

'Be Alarmed!' is a fire safety educational program developed to educate Illinoisans and to ensure that properly installed and working smoke alarms are in homes across Illinois.

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Bitter Cold Continues To Hit Illiana

-- Bitterly cold weather continues. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory until noon today. Highs are only expected to reach the mid-teens with Wind Chills as low as negative 30. People heading outside should bundle up.

There's no school today at Milford (MAPS #124).

Martinton Food Pantry is closed due to the cold. Plans are to reopen for regular hours Wednesday.

The Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka is closed today.

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Wind-chill warning in effect through noon Tuesday

A wind chill warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday for east central Illinois. Expect wind chills to range from 15 below to 30 below zero through Tuesday morning.

The weather conditions may impact school schedules as the new year brings the start of classes again – FOLLOWING THE HOLIDAY BREAK.

Milford School District (MAPS #124) will not be in session Tuesday, January 2.

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Snow, cold temps to greet new year

The NWS has snow returning to central-Illinois today and tonight. The experts are calling for two to four inches of accumulation before it tapers off late tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory ...effective from noon until midnight tonight.

Motorists are being warned and should expect slippery road conditions and reduced visibility at times. The latest road conditions can be found at http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 1-800-452-4368.

In addition to the new snowfall, the forecast calls for brutal cold coming behind it. The arctic cold could very well play into work and school schedules next week. The temperatures are expected to plunge to around 14 below zero Monday night following a New Year’s Day high of 1 above zero. Tuesday’s high is only expected to be around 7 again....with lows Tuesday night down to zero. The bitterly cold weather is expected to continue throughout next week.

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Fireplace fire in Watseka does minimal damage

Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum reports a gap in the mortar of a residential fireplace caused flames to get into the wall and then the attic. Firemen answered a call to 616 S. 5th Street just before 5 pm Thursday. Firemen were able to control the fire quickly. No injury was reported. Firemen were at the scene about 90 minutes.

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