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Pizza Hut Customers Can Now Order a Firefighter To Go

Associated Press

September 22, 2010

Residents will be able to get a firefighter with their pizza Oct. 6 and 7.

The Somerset Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with Pizza Hut in Somerset during Fire Prevention Week to check the smoke alarms of people who order pizza on those days.

Pizza Hut owner Erik Bittner said he was happy to help fire department members reach people’s homes for fire prevention education.

“It’s a great way to do community outreach and help out the local fire department,” he said.

Fire department prevention coordinator Dave Sube said members were thinking of new ways to reach community members.

“This is another way to get people to think about smoke alarms,” he said. “We think it will spark some interest in the community.”

According to Bittner, anyone who orders a pizza between 6 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 7 will be asked if a firefighter can inspect their smoke alarms.

“For everyone who allows a member of the fire department (to visit their home), they will get a coupon for $5 toward their next order from Pizza Hut,” he said.

Sube said the fire department has a limited supply of smoke detectors for homes without alarms. The firefighter will install the detector if time allows.

“A smoke alarm is a very important thing to have in a house,” Sube said.

Most smoke alarms have a test button. Sube said people should have an alarm on every floor, including the basement, and one for every sleeping unit. Batteries should be replaced twice a year and smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

If the event is successful, Sube said the fire department will consider doing it again.

“The more people we reach the more people will know about it,” he said. “If we visit 20 families that is 20 more families we can protect.”

During Fire Prevention Week the fire department will also be conducting school drills and visiting with civic organizations. An open house is planned for Oct. 16.