Thanks in part to support from sponsors Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice and Metro Appliances and more, the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield has announced that it will donate 400 new smoke alarms, with working batteries, to the Springfield Fire Department. With the HBA’s help, the Fire Department will provide and install the smoke detectors, free of charge, to occupants of those homes in Springfield that are in greatest danger of fire loss: older homes built before modern building codes.
Modern building codes require hard-wired smoke detection systems to be installed in all new homes. The requirement, along with other modern building practices and codes, has contributed to a substantial decrease in fire deaths over the last thirty years (see data below). In fact, statistically, modern building techniques and modern building codes have made building a new home one of the most fire-safe decisions a person or family can make.
The Springfield City Council recently passed a resolution declaring 2011 the “Year of the Smoke Alarm” in support of the Springfield Fire Department’s goal of installing 1,000 smoke detectors in the city, in those homes that are older and whose occupants are therefore statistically at far greater risk of fire death or injury.
The HBA of Greater Springfield will supply 40% of the annual goal with this one donation. The HBA will deliver and officially present the smoke alarms to the fire department as a part of the Springfield City Council’s planning luncheon on April 26 on the fourth floor conference room of the Busch Building in downtown Springfield. HBA members are encouraged to attend the event.
For more information about the importance of smoke detectors for fire protection in homes, visit: www.smokealarmswork.org