Door-to-door campaign reveals lack of smoke alarms in South Carolina community


By Lisa Braxton

Local volunteers from two fire departments, the local American Red Cross chapter, and the Salvation Army went door-to-door in a South Carolina community recently to make sure residence had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. More than 100 homes were reached with donated smoke alarms.

According to News Channel WPDE-15, a majority of the homes in the Cedar Branch community didn’t have a single working smoke alarm. Families were thankful to have the 50-plus volunteers come to their homes and install the devices.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires nearly in half. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

It’s important to have working CO alarms in the home on every level and outside each separate sleeping area. CO alarms are designed to alarm before potentially life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide are reached.

The NFPA website has educational materials on smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm safety, as well as toolkits for smoke alarm safety and carbon monoxide alarm safety the fire service can use to conduct safety awareness campaigns.

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

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