The McRae-Helena Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross to conduct a smoke alarm blitz Saturday, February 18. The team of volunteers and firefighters targeted apartment complexes in the City of McRae-Helena for this event going door-to-door testing existing alarms and installing new ones when permitted ensuring that every unit had at least two working smoke alarms in good condition.
The alarms were provided by the American Red Cross through a grant they received. Red Cross also provided all tools and additional man power on the day of the blitz. The collaborative goal is to eventually install and make sure every home in McRae-Helena has working smoke alarms. the total number of smoke alarms installed was 80 for this blitz. The volunteers conducted a short fire safety survey with each participant while installing the alarms. MHFD officials say this is the first of many smoke alarm blitzes to ensure the safety of area citizens.
"If anyone needs any smoke alarms or would like us to come out to check their existing alarms or do afire safety inspection, please contact us at the McRae-Helena Fire Department at 229-868-2082," said Fire Chief Jeff Hardin.