Carolina Beach And Red Cross To Hold Smoke Alarm Event

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach recently received a grant to distribute 200 smoke alarms. The Carolina Beach Fire Department and the Red Cross are partnering together to hold an event on February 28th at the Fire Department on Dow Road and are seeking volunteers to help install alarms in area homes.
Fire Chief Alan Griffin explained to the Town Council during their February 11th, meeting they originally received 50 detectors and partnered with the Red Cross to to canvass the community, "Knocking on doors saying can we check your smoke detectors or install one. Ultimately we ended up with 250 smoke detectors that have been donated. They have the ten-year sealed lithium battery... we are excited about the program on February 28th."
He explained, "On February 28th we will be canvassing the community. People can call, sign up to get in line, if not we will knock on doors. Try to go out and our goal is to install all 250 smoke detectors that day."
According to the Red Cross, seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. The American Red Cross has a new 5-year campaign to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fire by 25%. The most critical part of that effort is their initiative to install fire alarms in specific high-risk areas where there are higher incidents of residential fires. To meet their goal, they are installing 500,000 smoke alarms in neighborhoods across the country over the next 5 years.
Sixty percent of all fire fatalities occur in a home that does not have a working smoke detector.
On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, they are looking for 75-100 volunteers to help install smoke alarms and reduce possible injuries and death from fires. Volunteers will work in 4-person teams to go door-to-door in specific areas, to install alarms, to talk to the residents about having escape plans and meeting points, and to provide general fire safety information. They will also need data-entry volunteers to capture the data required for the campaign along with runners and persons to staff the phones.
Visit www.carolinabeach.org to sign up as a volunteer. If you would like to have a smoke alarm installed in you home, please contact the Carolina Beach Fire Department at (910) 458-2985.

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