Oklahoma City Fire Department hosting 5K run to purchase smoke alarms

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s time to dust off those running shoes and get active to help those in need.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department will be hosting the “4th Annual Project Life 5K Run” at Regatta Park along the Oklahoma River on Sept. 10.

All proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing smoke alarms for Oklahoma City residents who need them.

“The early notification that a smoke alarm provides could truly be the difference between life and death,” said Kevin Berry, Battalion Chief at the Oklahoma City Fire Department. “A person has at least a 50% greater chance of survival if they have working smoke alarms in their home.”

Firefighters install ‘long-life smoke alarms’ that are designed to last seven to 10 years depending on the manufacturer.

“We provide these smoke alarms free of charge and even come install them in the correct locations for the home owner. With that said, we believe there is no reason why every home in Oklahoma City shouldn’t have working smoke alarms,” said Chief Berry.

On Sept. 10, the Oklahoma City Fire Department’s Honor Guard will kick things off before the race. A 1 mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K event begins at 8:30 a.m.

Every participant will receive a finishers medal, and other awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group.