The HBA Charitable Foundation partnered with Metro Appliances & More, Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, Krueger Geothermal Systems and Quality Masonry to donate more than 800 dual ionization smoke alarms with batteries.
Representatives from Logan-Rogersville, Republic, Ozark, Nixa, Willard, Fair Grove, Ebenezer, Strafford and Battlefield accepted donated smoke alarms on behalf of their fire departments on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016.
The HBA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and its partners proactively support promoting the effectiveness of working smoke alarms in our community outreach program “Home Builders for Fire Safety Initiative” to save lives. The smoke alarm donations are being made prior to Fire Prevention Week to make sure the week is a success for area fire departments.
These 800+ smoke alarms represent the potential to protect and save more than 2,000 friends and neighbors in our area communities.
Watch KY3’s coverage of this event in the video below (Ashley Reynolds)!
It is important to make sure that older homes, built before smoke alarms were required by code, have working smoke alarms. Older homes are where the vast majority of residential fire deaths still occur, and they are where our attention should be focused to save lives. Working smoke alarms are proven life-savers. They are the most effective, efficient, and cost-effective method to prevent fire deaths and loss of property. Be sure to not only test you alarms by pushing the test button, but also test the sensors. There are smoke simulator aerosols that can be purchased at hardware stores and online. American Red Cross stated that the “fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection.” In other words, smoke alarm could cut your chances of dying in a fire in half.
This donation is a 100% private-sector initiative (no tax dollars were utilized for this donation). HBA members Meek’s – the Builder’s Choice, Metro Appliances & More, Krueger Geothermal Systems Inc, Quality Masonry LLC partnered with the HBA Charitable Foundation to purchase these smoke alarms and batteries and are proud to work with the area fire departments in this effort for our communities.