Griffin Fire-Rescue works to reduce fire-related deaths

STAFF REPORT :::
As a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Griffin Fire-Rescue and the Georgia Fire Educators Association installed over 200 new smoke detectors and replaced over 50 batteries in homes across northeast Griffin. The event took place on Thursday, May 12, and included houses located between Lyndon Avenue and Broad Street and between Melrose Avenue and 15th Street.

“Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or functioning units,” stated Griffin Fire Chief Tommy Jones. “We selected this area to do the smoke detector blitz due to the recent fire deaths that have occurred in the area. We want to make sure we’re being proactive about saving lives.”

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly.

Griffin Fire-Rescue would like to remind everyone to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom. Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system. Use these and other fire safety tips to ensure that your home is well prepared in case of fire.
For more information about the city of Griffin, visit www.cityofgriffin.com. Follow the city on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofgriffin and on Twitter @CityofGriffin.
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