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Grant bolsters fire prevention efforts

When a fire strikes a home in Oak Park, most everyone on the block knows about the incident.

The Oak Park Fire Department plans to harness this natural neighborhood interest and raise awareness about the importance of smoke detectors through a new program made possible by a $2,000 grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

As part of the new program, when a house fire occurs in Oak Park, Fire Department personnel will visit surrounding homes on the block with information about the incident and reminders to check the batteries in smoke detectors.

The public education material distributed after a fire occurs will include instructions for residents whose homes need a smoke detector to contact the Oak Park Fire Department, which will provide and install the life-saving device for families who need help.

Fire Department personnel will track the location of smoke detectors provided through the program and follow up with regular maintenance reminders.

Residents interested in acquiring a smoke detector can call 708.358.5600 or email

For more information about the Oak Park Fire Department, visit