Ripon Fire Dept spreads CO detector awareness with pizza delivery

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RIPON, Wis. (WBAY) As our clocks "fall back" for the end of daylight saving time early Sunday, it's a good time to check the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Fond du Lac County fire department is spreading that message by delivering pizza Friday night.

"Everybody's firing up their furnaces and carbon monoxide is a silent killer,” Ripon Area Fire District’s Tim Sault said. “It's odorless, tasteless. You can go to bed at night never know you have a problem and never wake up in the morning."

Action 2 News followed the Ripon area fire district Friday morning as they did a mock run of its plan: using supplies from ACE Hardware and delivering Roadhouse Pizza orders as a way to talk to homeowners.

Firefighters hope to get permission to check carbon monoxide detectors.

"If we deliver your pizza order and your carbon monoxide detector works, then your pizza order will be free,” Chief Saul said. “If not we will supply you a battery and a CO2 detector."

It may turn into less profit for Ace and Roadhouse but that's worth it for this cause.

"Couple hundred dollars in pizza doesn't seem like a big deal,” Roadhouse Pizza Owner Alisa Zabel said. “It's just such a good cause."

"At least we can support this whole thing,” said Ace’s Sandy Kumbier.
The deliveries will start about six o'clock Friday evening and will run until supplies last.

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