Fire department to install free smoke alarms
By Pat Dowling|
North Myrtle Beach firefighters and members of participating organizations will visit North Myrtle Beach residents on Saturday, March 25 to perform free smoke alarm inspections, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms as needed. It is part of a free community-wide fire prevention effort.
Installing smoke alarms in the homes of North Myrtle Beach residents who do not have them will increase their odds of surviving a home fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the international nonprofit leader in fire, electrical, building and life safety and official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, working smoke alarms are the key to saving lives from fire.
“Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device there is,” said Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s division manager for public education. “Just having a smoke alarm in your home cuts in half your chances of dying in a reported fire.”
“Our goal is to make sure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm,” said North Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal Greg Frazier. “Our project also includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”
During the smoke alarm installation program, local firefighters will fan out throughout the city, visiting residents in several neighborhoods. They will be going door to door in their areas of focus.
Interested residents can also call in advance to request that the department visit their home to install a free smoke detector. Call Fire Marshal Greg Frazier at 843-280-5614 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.