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March 30, 2017

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March 21, 2017

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November 24, 2014

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May 13, 2014

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April 17, 2014

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July 25, 2013

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May 10, 2013

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February 27, 2013

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January 26, 2013

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August 16, 2012

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November 30, 2011

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June 24, 2011

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November 12, 2010

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July 29, 2010

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May 28, 2010

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April 1, 2010

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January 18, 2010

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June 13, 2008

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May 29, 2008

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April 13, 2008

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January 2, 2008

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December 27, 2007

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April 3, 2007

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November 29, 2006

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August 31, 2006

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March 19, 2006 (Past Union President)

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February 9, 2006

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January 24, 2006

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January 6, 2006

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May 18, 2005

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February 15, 2003

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May 24, 1997

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December 13, 1905


Press Release 1



10 Year Smoke Detector Law


 November 6, 2019

Contact: Deputy Chief Paul Polep - Media Relations
Phone: 847-866-5935

Fire Experts & Public Health Officials Join Legislators To Announce Illinois' New 10-Year Smoke Detector Law at Evanston Fire Department

Press Conference

EVANSTON, IL -Fire safety and public health officials gathered today at the Evanston Fire Department to make the public aware of Illinois’ new 10-year smoke detector law.

"In 2018, there were over 100 residential fire deaths in Illinois and sadly nearly 70 percent of these deaths are occurring in homes without working smoke detectors," said Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) /IL Firefighters Association Government Affairs Director Margaret Vaughn.  “We worked with the General Assembly to pass a law to address this horrific problem, by requiring Illinois residents to replace their old smoke detectors with the type that has a long term 10-year sealed battery by the end of 2022. This would apply to residents that are still using alarms with removable batteries or alarms that are not hardwired.”

“People often have a false sense of security when it comes to fire safety. Since 1988, the Illinois Smoke Detector Act has required all dwellings to have smoke detectors. The new requirement just updates that law to reflect the changes in new technology, aimed at saving lives, while making it easier and more cost effective for Illinois residents to comply,” said State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston).

“While the number of fire deaths may have decreased in the past few decades, you are more likely to die in a residential fire than you were years ago. This is because the majority of these deaths are caused by smoke inhalation and not burns, which is why escape time is so critical. The toxic gases that are emitted from the synthetic material in modern homes also contribute to this problem and flash-over is occurring in as little as 3 minutes as opposed to almost 30 minutes a generation ago,” explained Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott.

“With a long term 10-year battery alarm, there is no need for battery replacement; saving the average homeowner between $40-$60 in battery costs over the life of each alarm. At the end of the 10-year life cycle, the smoke alarm will automatically alert the homeowner to replace the alarm,” said Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) Executive Director Phil Zaleski.  He explained further, “While many people deactivate their older model smoke alarms or remove the batteries while cooking, the 10-year model is not a cooking nuisance and has a 15-minute silencer button. They are also very affordable with the current retail price being about $20.”

“People don’t realize how quickly a fire can turn deadly and how important escape time is. Installing new 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms helps families stay protected, with the most advanced sensing technologies and safety features available,” said Greg Olsen, the City of Evanston’s Public Health Manager.  

Evanston residents who need assistance with installations or a 10-year smoke alarm can contact the Evanston Fire Department through the City of Evanston 311 system or if using a cell phone text (847) 448-4311.

Illinois-based First Alert is donating smoke alarms and the tools and equipment to install the alarms to the Evanston Fire Department to help reduce the number of fire related injuries to those in the community.

To learn more about protecting your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, visit the IFSA website at or the First Alert website at

for more information, contact Deputy Chief Paul Polep at or Margaret Vaughn, Government Relations, IL Firefighters Association/IL Fire Safety Alliance





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