Hector Montoya from Texas was nine years when he decided to donate smoke detectors to families who didn’t have them.
Montoya came up with the idea after watching the news with his grandmother and hearing a story about a Fort Worth mother and one of her twin daughters who lost their lives in a house fire. They didn’t have a smoke alarm in their home.
That evening he pitched an idea to his family. Instead of spending the money he had saved on himself, he decided to donate smoke detectors to families who didn’t have them.
Three years later Montoya has donated 6,425 smoke detectors in several cities and towns across North Texas. Last week he donated 125 smoke detectors to the DeSoto Fire Rescue. Fire officials will distribute the life-saving devices to senior citizens who lack the proper fire-safety measures.
According to NFPA smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. NFPA recommends:
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
For the third year in a row, smoke alarms are the theme for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week which takes place this year October 9-15. NFPA provides educational information on smoke alarms via a variety of tips and tools.