Smoke Alarms Save Lives

When is the last time you checked the smoke alarms in your home? Fire officials are urging locals to take fire prevention in their homes seriously by checking smoke alarms once a month, replacing batteries once a year and replacing the alarm at least every 10 years. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in half, shares Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond. 369,500 home fires nationally in 2014 resulted in 2,740 deaths. 38% of home fire deaths did not have smoke alarms installed and 21% did not have working smoke alarms. Uintah County Commission approved a proclamation during Monday’s Commission meeting declaring October 9th through the 15th as Fire Prevention Week. Community members Basin wide are urged to check the manufacture date on their smoke alarms and replace all alarms that are 10 years old or older.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.