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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, May 21, 2012

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Des Moines Couple First to Receive Specialty Smoke Detectors

Des Moines, IOWA --- The State Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with State Farm Insurance invite media to the first installation of deaf/hard of hearing smoke detectors and strobe units provided through a cooperative, life-saving program.  At the Kern residence, electricians and fire professionals will install a hardwired smoke detector, along with a strobe light unit that is synced via blue toothe technology to the hardwired unit.

This installation kicks off an effort to place an already purchased 171 strobe light units in homes around the state.  

WHAT Installation of Specialty Strobe Light, Smoke Detectors for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Iowans.
WHEN: 9:00 AM
  Tuesday, May 22, 2012
WHERE: Kern Residence
  1640 Beaver Ave.
  Des Moines, Iowa
WHO: Dale and Donna Kern
  Office of the State Fire Marshal
  Iowa Deaf Services Office
  State Farm Insurance
  Baker Electric
  Des Moines Fire Department

The State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Iowa Deaf Services Office gathered a list of more than 800 families throughout the state that have deaf or hard of hearing people living in the residence.  There are obviously more families in need of the life-saving technology of strobe detectors. Community and corporate support is requested to to help outift the remaining 630 homes with strobe detectors. 

Please join us tomorrow morning. 



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