Loganville, Ga., February 9, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services teamed up with volunteers from the Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association to have a “Smoke Alarm and Fire Safety Blitz.” The proactive efforts included going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms. This campaign was made possible by the Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association and funds obtained from a Walton EMC grant. During this campaign, firefighters and volunteers shared vital fire safety information with residents in the Firethorn North neighborhood of Loganville.
There were a total of 50 homes sites visited by approximately 24 citizen volunteers and fire department personnel. Residents in the community were very appreciative of the efforts to help keep their homes and families safe. In addition to distributing a limited supply of rescue ladders, teams checked the battery in existing smoke alarms and installed new alarms as needed. Each household was encouraged to follow proper fire safety practices and to develop a home fire escape plan.
House fires serve as a reminder of the importance of following proper home fire safety practices. Every home should be equipped with more than one working smoke alarm. In 2018, Gwinnett Firefighters responded to 655 reports of home fires in single-family dwellings. That number increases to 1555 when factoring in fires or smoke reports in multi-family dwellings. We encourage all residents to check their smoke alarms in accordance with the manufacturer or contact fire programs at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a home survey.