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Norman Firefighters Go Door-to-Door Installing Smoke Detectors
Members of the Norman and Little Axe Fire Departments visited mobile home parks to check and install smoke detectors Saturday. Firefighters and volunteers said it's a matter of saving lives.
"Every fireman has that heart inside of him to protect people. That's just what they do," Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said. "If we can save one life from installing a smoke detector, then it's certainly worth all the time that it takes."
Bailey said more than a dozen teams volunteered their time Saturday morning to go door-to-door at each of Norman's six different mobile home parks.
Bailey said, out of 450 families the teams made contact with, 375 detectors were installed.
"It's a problem around a lot of different fire departments, different cities. We go to too many fires where people don't have smoke detectors that are working," Bailey said.
Just this year in Oklahoma, 16 people have died in fires, according to a report from FEMA. Three of those fatalities happened in Norman. The U.S. Fire Administration ranks Oklahoma the fifth worst in the nation when it comes to fires. The state's fire death rate in 2009, the latest numbers available, was 21.2 people per one-million population. That's compared to a national rate of 11 deaths per million.
"I mean, everyone needs them. It's an essential," Kristopher Wilson.
His family got a smoke detector check Saturday.
"Some people don't even know if their smoke detectors are working and next thing they know their house could be on fire," Wilson said.
The service was provided for free. The program was funded by a federal grant and funding from Oklahoma State University, Bailey said.
Posted: Saturday, March 9 2013, 09:14 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
International leaders in energy touring Oklahoma
May 23, 2013 12:02 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- An international delegation of leaders in the energy sector is in Tulsa to learn from companies operating in the region.
A representative from Romania's parliament, Silvia Vlasceanu, says his country uses coal, natural gas and hydroelectric power but is trying to settle on the most appropriate mix. The delegation visiting this week also includes leaders from Angola, China, Nigeria and Turkey.
The Tulsa World reports (http://is.gd/AMf1vp ) that members want to learn about the risks of hydraulic fracturing, how renewable energy sources can replace fossil fuels and whether energy independence is a realistic goal.
The group also visited Washington, D.C., and the rich Marcellus natural gas shale in Pennsylvania.
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