- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Firefighters and volunteers with the American Red Cross are distributing free smoke alarms in Flagstaff’s Sunnyside neighborhood Saturday.

The giveaway comes after the city recorded three deaths in the past eight months that were blamed partly on non-working or non-existent smoke detectors.

The latest death was earlier this month when firefighters rescued a woman who had been smoking in bed at home. She died days later.

The Flagstaff Fire Department and the Red Cross also will be checking smoke detectors, replacing batteries and offering fire safety tips.

They’re expecting to visit hundreds of homes.

Arizona Public Service Co. workers will be offering energy-efficient light bulbs and passing out information on rates for low-income households.



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