Ringing in the New Year took on new meaning in Hickory, NC when a family was saved by their working smoke alarm. For all the fire safety personnel that sometimes wonder if all the hours of smoke alarm canvassing and home visits are worth it- Hickory Fire Department just got the answer- A resounding YES. On Wednesday morning, a family of four was awakened during the night to the sound of their smoke alarm. Little did they know that their chimney had ignited and set the whole house on fire.
Smoke alarm installation in your community may be a thankless job but each week I see news clips from across the United States about lives that are saved by these smoke alarm programs. NFPA has great materials to help you start or enhance the program you are doing. For more information on Smoke Alarms, videos, and free educational materials you can visit our free online Community Toolkits.
In order to "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" we have teamed up with the US Fire Administration to highlight the leading causes of fires during the winter season. You can use the infographic in your social media campaigns in addition to all the cool tools. Congratulations to Thomas Raper of the Hickory Fire Department for your tireless work for over 24 years with smoke alarm installation. You are making a difference in the New Year and beyond.