Henry County Fire Department Canvasses Area of Recent Fatal Fire Checking and Installing Smoke Alarms
|Firefighter/ EMT Morgan Marshall knocks on the door of a Stockbridge resident to ensure there are working smoke alarms in the home. |
Over the weekend, the Henry County Fire Department (HCFD) went door to door speaking to residents in Stockbridge, in the area of a recent fatal fire. After a fire, it is common for residents to express concerns of having another fire in their neighborhood and even in their own home, so Henry County firefighters dedicated time this weekend inspecting/installing smoke alarms, distributing fire safety and prevention literature, and answering questions about fire safety.
Personnel from HCFD Stations Three, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Eleven teamed up Saturday afternoon in the Highland Village and Wood Haven Estates area to ensure that residents had working early detection devices in their homes.
Henry County Fire Department firefighters canvased the streets of the two communities, knocking on four hundred and forty-two doors and meeting and educating two hundred thirty-seven residents in just four and a half hours. Two-hundred and sixteen smoke alarms were inspected, twenty-four batteries were changed, and seventy-two new alarms were installed as needed. Those residents who were at home were extremely nice and grateful to welcome the firefighters into the neighborhood and into their homes. Much gratitude was expressed for the response and performance at the recent fatal fire in the area. The citizens were very thankful for the fire department presence on Saturday and for the prevention efforts. Several children enjoyed seeing the fire trucks and spending time with the firemen.
Firefighters placed a notice card on the doors of the two-hundred and five residents who were not home at the time of the event, explaining the visit and how to contact the fire department for more information and to arrange a future alarm check. Calls from the blitz had begun to ring in by Monday morning.
“Smoke spreads fast in a fire and working smoke alarms give you the vital early warning you need to increase your chance of escaping a fire by fifty percent. We encourage citizens to take a moment each month to check their smoke alarms, realizing they are potentially giving themselves the extra time they may need someday,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett. Henry County Fire Department reminds citizens to check their smoke alarms each month, and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the proper installation and maintenance of their alarms.
|Pictured L-R (knealing L)- Shannon Pope, (knealing R)-Brian Austin, Anthony Yenser, Dustin Taylor, Gary Smith, Nick Smith, Steven Poss, Kayle Jenkins, Michele Adams, Micha Cushing, Morgan Marshall, Brad Richardson, Gminiski Stubbs, Vinny Harris, Jason Bryant, Chuck Davidson, Chad Palmer, (not pictured) Leah Zaglewski, Philip baker, Dale farmer, Jim Kress, Jim Nelms, and Chris Sherwood|