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updated: 2/3/2014 6:22 PM

Arlington Hts. offering smoke detector checks in March

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Submitted by Village of Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights residents who want to have their batteries replaced in their smoke detectors in March can now sign up for a free check through "The Katie Project."

"The Katie Project," is a community initiative that kicked off in December following a fire that killed three women inside a home on Dunton Avenue where there was an inoperable smoke detector. The initiative is named after Village Trustee Joe Farwell's cousin who died in a home fire in the 1970s before it was commonplace to have smoke detectors in homes.

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If you are interested in having the battery of your smoke detectors checked and replaced by volunteer teams with "The Katie Project" on Saturday, March 15 between 10 a.m. and noon, register by emailing your name, address and phone number to or call the Village Manager's office at (847) 368-5100.

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