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Oct 21, 2013 9:14 AM by AP

Baker using grant for home fire safety devices

BAKER, La. (AP) - The Baker Fire Department is using a federal grant for an ambitious fire safety project - outfitting every home in the city with a fire extinguisher and combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

Fire Chief Danny Edwards tells The Advocate he applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in January and found out the agency was awarded $115,000 for the project in September.

City officials say they ordered 3,000 fire extinguishers and 3,000 of the combination detectors.

The city of Baker has a population of just under 15,000 with close to 5,000 households.

Edwards said the ultimate goal is to have every home in the city outfitted with a fire extinguisher and smoke and carbon monoxide detector by no later than September 2014.

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