Free Smoke Detector
Lil' Lesko went on a road trip to Maine where he learned some important safety information. Smoke Detectors save lives. But the sad thing is that many homes and apartments don't have these detectors installed. The Winthrop, Maine Fire Department began a program called Operation Get Alarmed. They go to schools to teach children about fire safety and give out smoke detectors. They recommend that one be on each level of the home, and inside each bedroom. In order to keep the batteries in good working order they suggest that when you change your clocks, you change your batteries.
For more information on Operation get Alarmed for the Winthrop Maine community contact Winthrop Fire Department
at 207-277-7223; http://www.winthropfire.com
But are they the only ones who have such a program? According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association 70 percent of fire departments serving communities of 100,000 or more distributed free smoke alarms. Many communities team up with churches, schools, non-profits, and other organizations to help fund free smoke alarm distributions because they know that this is the most effective way to save lives.
If you are in interested in forming a group to create a smoke detector distribution projects, there are several organizations that you can approach to help with funding Contact.
The national Fire Protection Association,
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy,
MA 02169; 617-770-3000;
If you are in need of a smoke detector for your home or apartment, contact your nearest fire station on their non-emergency line. Many distribute these free of charge or can direct you to resources in your area.
We did a quick check and found:
- Seattle Fire Department offers free smoke alarms to city residents, and even free strobe smoke alarms to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact Seattle Fire Department; 206-386-1337;
- Kidde, a global leader in fire and safety products, teams up with ABC television stations and other non-profits to distribute smoke detectors through a program called Operation Save A Life in Chicago, central Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and many other communities. To see if the program is offered near you contact your nearest fire station.
- Orange County Florida Fire Department distributes and installs smoke detectors for free. You can complete the online request form at http://www.orangecountyfl.net/ocfrd/programs/smokedetectorrequest.asp
- The District of Columbia distributes and installs free smoke alarms to residents. You can call the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department at 202-673-3331; http://fems.dc.gov/fems/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=641231 Or complete on online request form at http://fems.dc.gov/fems/cwp/view,a,3,q,640923.asp
- Fire Departments in Coatesville Pennsylvania are going door to door distributing free smoke detectors until they run out of alarms. ArcelorMittal, a steel producer in town, gave a grant to Brandywine Health Foundation for the program. For more information contact your nearest fire station or Brandywine Health Foundation at http://www.brandywinefoundation.org/
- Free smoke detectors are provided to all city of Charlottesville, VA residents.
You can contact the Fire Department's Neighborhood Safety Hotline at 434-970-3245; http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page+1486; Online Smoke Detector Request: https://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?recordid+89&page+454
- These are just a handful of programs. Many fire departments operate special programs during Fire Prevention Week (http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1438&itemID=34420 ). Remember contact your nearest Fire Department to learn about what programs they offer.