Last updated: July 30. 2013 2:00PM - 512 Views
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MARTIN — A total of 250 Floyd County homes will have smoke detectors installed by way of a partnership between the Floyd County Firefighter’s Association, 16 Floyd County fire departments and the Kidde Company.

Organizers and associates held a press conference Sunday at the Martin Community Center to make the announcement and explain the details relating to the new project.

Solomon Kilburn, Development Director for the Floyd County Fire Fighter’s Association, says that the association is embarking on an initiative that is vital to preventing loss of life and destruction of property.

“Our goal is to educate people and take preventative measures so in the event of a fire, so the likelihood of a casualty or casualties will be drastically reduced,” said Kilburn. “We are providing these smoke alarms to increase awareness of the importance of installing smoke detectors in residences.”

Kidde, a partner in the programs, is a brand and division of United Technologies Corporation, which manufactures fire safety products including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers. The Melbane, N.C.-based company donated 250 smoke detectors for the county-wide initiative.

“We know fires are going to happen. We know the dangers of living in a house without a smoke alarm,” says Kilburn. “We know free smoke detectors are another step toward safety and education.”

In addition to smoke detectors, Floyd County families should take time together to map out a plan for escaping a home fire that includes two emergency exits and then practice the plan.

Families should also be aware of the winter dangers related to heating their homes. “We cannot stress the dangers enough in using heating equipment during the winter months, including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable heaters,” says Kilburn.

Fire fighters advise home owners keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment and remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Kilburn says that the Floyd County Fire Fighter’s Association is hoping to grow the idea by another 250 smoke detectors. The association is looking to the people in the community to help pitch in.

“A donation of $1,500.00 could expand this initiative to additional 250 Floyd County families and would double the initiative’s impact on the prevention loss of life.”

Any company, foundation, or an individual in Floyd County would like to be involved in this initiative to provide smoke detectors to prevent loss of life. All donations are tax deductible.

In order to receive a free smoke detector, contact your local fire department in any way — phone calls, e-mail, Facebook — and simply request a detector. Your name will then be added to a list and the smoke detectors will be disbursed through local 16 Floyd County fire departments.

For more information about how you can help the Floyd County Fire Fighter’s Association, contact Solomon Kilburn at cell phone number (606) 424-3522 or by email: ka.grant@live.com.

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