Events - Smoke Alarm Blitz

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9/25/2014 - The Irmo Fire District, working with the South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s Office, is excited to announce a community outreach program to be conducted Saturday, October 4th starting at 9:00 am. During this blitz fire district members will be checking smoke alarms in homes in the Challedon West neighborhood and if necessary installing free smoke alarms where needed. This blitz will include homes between McMillan Circle, Emory Lane and Wescott Road.

This “Right Alarm – Right Location – Right Action” campaign includes the installation of a 10 year lithium battery smoke alarm, helping to inform residents about good fire escape plans and providing additional fire safety information for their home and family. This effort is made possible through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant and the Irmo Fire District is one of ten communities chosen in South Carolina to be a part of this program.

Prior to the actual event, firefighters will be visiting homes in the Challedon West neighborhood leaving door hangers. If a resident comes home and sees a door hanger, they can call the number on that hanger to schedule a time for a fire safety review.

The purpose of this program is to save lives according to Irmo Fire District Chief Mike Sonefeld. Everyone should check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working and if they have one or more that is 10 years old, or older, it should be replaced. Keep in mind that the sound you hear when you press the test button simply lets you know the battery has power. That test does not guarantee the sensor inside the smoke alarm itself is still working.

The South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s office of Community Risk Reduction and the Irmo Fire District will be going door to door throughout this neighborhood. Participants will be identifiable with safety vests and packages of fire safety literature. Watch for related signs to be posted in this area.

South Carolina State Fire Marshal Robert Polk stated that his office is “happy to be in the Irmo Fire District to support this important program. We applaud the Irmo Fire District for their proactive approach with outreach within the community. We look forward to meeting many citizens during this time”.

Contact for this program is Fire Prevention Officer Captain Brian Haley, 781-7178.