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New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford donates 1,000 smoke alarms after learning about fatal home fire

Blog Post created by Susan McKelvey Employee on Aug 6, 2014

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NY Giants' Steve Weatherford and the owners of his training facility donated 1,000 smoke alarms this week after learning about a fatal home fire in Newark, NJ, where no smoke alarms were present. From left to right: Fire Chief Robert Flanagan, Morristown Fire Department; Steve Weatherford, NY Giants punter; Lisa and Dan Schauger, Next Level Training owners



 

When New York Giants’ punter, Steve Weatherford, heard that six people died in a home fire where no smoke alarms were present, he stepped up to make a difference.


"When I learned that it could have been prevented if the family had a fire detector in the house, that was when I realized we needed to raise awareness – and provide fire detectors to families who cannot afford them – to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Weatherford.


 

[Six family members in Newark, NJ, died from smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning | http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/08/newark_fatal_fire_inspires_giants_punter_trainers_to_donate_smoke_alarms.html#comments] this past Father’s Day when a fire, reportedly fueled by flammable plastic flowers on the front porch, spread throughout the home. After learning about the incident, Weatherford and his training facility, Next Level Training, decided to take action and make a difference.


 

Through their efforts, 1,000 smoke alarms will be distributed to needy families with help from the Morristown Fire Department. "We're glad they'll be put to good use," said Weatherford.


Weatherford noted that the deaths in this fire incident were as tragic as they were preventable. Kudos to him for not only understanding the life-saving difference smoke alarms can make, but actively working to help make people safer from fire. Definitely a fire safety hero in my book!


 

Visit NFPA&#39;s smoke alarms section for a wealth of tips and information on installing, testing and&#0160;maintaining&#0160;smoke alarms.</p>

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