In Brunswick County, North Carolina, five people have died in fires in the past month. According to WECT-TV, four of those people died in homes without working smoke alarms. In response, more than 150 people came together on a recent Saturday–firefighters and members of the community–to make sure residents have working smoke alarms.
By the end of the day, 836 smoke alarms were installed. Eleven alert devices that work in conjunction with smoke alarms were provided for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“We set a state record for installs on a single day,” says Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner. “All of the volunteers were honoring those that we recently lost and we were pleased that we were joined by the family of one of the individuals that was tragically lost during a recent fire. The message that their participation sent to the volunteers was more than any words could describe.”
Garner said during the next few weeks the department will conduct follow-up visits to residents who still need alarms.
NFPA has a comprehensive guide on smoke alarm installation programs. “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program,” which includes everything needed to get started, from tips on how to select volunteers, to pointers on soliciting donations and publicizing your program.