LFD, Red Cross offering free smoke detectors

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Linton Fire Department is serious about keeping its community safe in the face of the danger of fires, to the point they have found a way to get a free smoke detector into as many homes as possible.

Fire Chief Brad Sparks said his department has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide as many free smoke detectors to the community as it can. Not only will residents get a free smoke detector, but the department will also install it for them.

Sparks put the call out in February to let residents know all they have to do is call LFD to have a smoke detector installed, free of charge. In that time frame, Sparks said they have installed around 20 devices, which could potentially save a life.

“When we get calls about smoke detectors going off, it’s typically because of a battery or it’s faulty, so we’ve been telling them about the program,” Sparks said.

There’s no gimmicks or catch. Just a dedication to safety. It’s completely free to the resident and the city. The American Red Cross provides everything free of charge, except the manpower.

Next week, the Linton Fire Department and American Red Cross are stepping up their goal of installing as many smoke detectors as possible, heading out on foot for a canvas event.

The two entities, along with volunteers, will be walking the streets of Linton on Saturday, June 23 from 1-4 p.m., knocking on doors to see if residents would like a smoke detector installed in their home.

Sparks noted previously, the actual resident has to approve or request the smoke detector. For example, if someone owns an apartment complex, they cannot request the installation in the apartments. The individuals living within the apartments have to make the request.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states having a smoke detector “plays a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.” When there is a fire, smoke spreads quickly, and a smoke detector can give an early warning to help you and your family get out of the house.

NFPA reported three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarm.

LFD is in need of volunteers to help with the canvas event on June 23. The more people who assist, the more homes can be reached.

If you’re interested in having a smoke detector installed or would like to volunteer for the canvas event, call (812) 847-4413.

“Hopefully we can get some smoke detectors out there and save some lives,” Sparks said.