One piece of technology no home should be without is a smoke alarm. To help make sure every home has one, the Findlay Fire Department has teamed with two other agencies to send smoke alarms home with the city’s 3,500 elementary school children.
Called Project SAFE (Smoke Alarms for Everyone), the project hopes to raise at least $10,000 in order to purchase smoke alarms. The fire department, Findlay City Schools and the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross hope to get smoke alarms into more homes by distributing them to younger school children. They hope to start the program in October, which is Fire Prevention Month.
Over the last seven years the fire department has overseen smoke alarm giveaways that have distributed more than 10,000 alarms to community members. Yet Captain Jerry Greer says the department still responds to house fires where smoke alarms were not in use. The early warning from a smoke alarm can help a family get out of a fire safely, he said.
Those interested in learning more about the project may call the American Red Cross at 419-422-9322 or Greer at the fire department, 419-424-7129.