(Lawrenceville, Ga., February 28, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with volunteers from the Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association to have a “Smoke Alarm and Fire Safety Blitz” in a Loganville neighborhood tomorrow. Representatives from both organizations will be going door-to-door to approximately 80 homes in the Summit Glen Subdivision of Loganville. This is the same subdivision where a house fire displaced three adults on January 1, 2019. The goal is to find homes that may be in need of new smoke alarms installed and emergency escape ladders. This campaign was made possible by the Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association and funds obtained from a Walton EMC grant.
A lot of success and appreciation was garnered from a similar blitz that took place on Saturday, February 9, 2019. During that campaign, 77 new smoke alarms were installed in the 50 homes that were visited. There is no charge for the equipment nor the vital fire safety information shared with those in the community. Each household will be encouraged to keep the following in mind:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.