Last week the Shawnee Fire Department hosted another door-to-door smoke detector installation event — held in partnership with the Red Cross.
Crews from the Shawnee Fire Marshal’s Office and the fire department's Red Shift partnered with volunteers from the local Red Cross chapter to go door-to-door offering free smoke detector installations in the area of between Kickapoo and Harrison streets between Highland and Farrall streets.
“This is the third time we have done this type of event in the past two years and it was a great success — with 92 smoke detectors installed on Saturday,” Fire Chief Dru Tischer said. “In addition, door hangars were left on homes where no one was home giving instructions on how to request a free smoke detector installation.”
Tischer said the department hopes to schedule another event next spring and continue working its way through the neighborhoods of Shawnee.
“The importance of this work cannot be overstated,” he said.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
Also, Tischer said the death rate in home fires is twice as high in homes without a working smoke detector compared with homes that have one.
“Thanks to the work of these individuals, 92 families are safer in Shawnee than they were before Saturday,” he said.
He also expressed his thanks to the local Red Cross chapter for securing the smoke alarms and Red Cross volunteers.