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Free smoke alarms delivered to Hillsborough neighborhoods affected by fires

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is delivering free smoke alarms to residents in the area where two fires occurred over the weekend.

HCFR is also giving free home safety inspections in the area of Endive Avenue in Progress Village and Shadow Pine Drive in Brandon.

Over the weekend, both areas had a fire where the residents had no warning of the fires due to lack of smoke alarms in their homes.

HCFR says the largest percentage of fire deaths in the home occurs at night while people are asleep. Therefore, a working smoke alarm can provide an early warning that can make the difference between life and death.

According to studies published by the National Fire Protection Association, having a smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by nearly half.

If you do not have smoke alarms in your home and cannot afford them, call HCFR at 813-272-6600 and ask about their SAFE program.

HCFR offers the following safety tips for space heaters:

- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment

- Have a three foot "kid free zone" around open fires or space heaters

- Never use the oven to heat your home

- Remember to turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed

- Test your smoke alarm monthly and invest in a carbon monoxide alarm

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