WHAT: In conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, Press conference to educate the public on PA-100-0200, which will require Smoke Detectors with a 10 Year Sealed Battery to be installed in all dwellings which were either built before 1988 or which do not already have hardwired smoke detectors by the end of 2022.
WHO: Galesburg Fire Chief Randy Hovind
IL Fire Safety Alliance Executive Director Phil Zaleski
IL Firefighters Association Government Affairs Director Margaret Vaughn
Office of the State Fire Marshal
WHY: In 2020 there were 107 residential fire deaths in Illinois. The majority of these deaths are occurring in homes without working smoke detectors. The General Assembly passed PA 100-0200 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 over the next few years. 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. Illinois based First Alert is also donating smoke detectors and installation kits to Galesburg Fire Department, who can assist area residents with installations.