Smoke detectors to be given away in Sumiton

By RICK WATSON
Posted 8/9/18

SUMITON - Caleb Robinson, the Red Cross Disaster Program manager for West Alabama, has announced a fire safety initiative is set for Saturday in Sumiton, with plans to install 150 smoke detectors in …

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Smoke detectors to be given away in Sumiton

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SUMITON - Caleb Robinson, the Red Cross Disaster Program manager for West Alabama, has announced a fire safety initiative is set for Saturday in Sumiton, with plans to install 150 smoke detectors in the city.

Robinson told the Sumiton City Council meeting on Tuesday that the Red Cross will partner with the Sumiton Fire Department and local volunteers to install free smoke detectors in mobile homes around the city that day. 

The group will target the high-risk neighborhoods for residents who would like free smoke alarms installed in their homes. They plan to start in the homes around Reservoir Street.

This is a service provided by the American Red Cross, the Walker Area Community Foundation, and the Sumiton Fire Department.

Robinson reiterated that there is no cost to the city or the owners of the manufactured homes in the area.

“It takes about 10 minutes to install four alarms in each house and the batteries are good for 10 years,” he said.

The fire safety program in Alabama has saved 27 lives so far, according to Robinson. When they install the alarms, they do a short training session with each homeowners teaching about fire safety and what to do in case of a house fire. They talk about fire prevention, safety plans, and escape exits. 

They have another program called the Pillowcase Project, where officials go into local schools and teach elementary children about fire safety.

“We know that if we teach kids about fire safety, they will go home and share that information with their parents, grandparents, and others,” Robinson said. 

If people want to help with the program or make sure their manufactured home is included in the installation, they should call 205-758-3608