County Offering Smoke Detectors to those in Need

image of smoke detectorALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Alachua County Fire Rescue in partnership with Gainesville Fire Rescue, Newberry Fire Department, High Springs Fire Department, Micanopy Fire Rescue, Melrose Volunteer Fire Department, Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and LaCrosse Fire Rescue is working with the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to offer smoke detectors to those in need.

Alachua County Fire Rescue is hosting a launch presentation on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Red Cross Headquarters (1425 N.W. 6th Street, Gainesville). They will make presentations and answer public questions. The presentations will be followed by an onsite home visit and demonstration installation of smoke detectors.

With this partnership, anyone who needs smoke detectors in their home can stop by any fire station in Alachua County to request a smoke detector. Once a request has been made, within a week, a representative from one of the partnering departments or the Red Cross will set an appointment to come out to install the detectors. Detectors can also be requested by sending an email to smokealarm@alachuacounty.us.

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign started in 2014. In the five years since, the Red Cross and its partners have installed almost 2 million smoke detectors in over 800,000 homes. There have been 642 confirmed lives saved thanks to the installation of these smoke detectors.

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Marshal John Adler at 352-384-3107 or jadler@alachuacounty.us.

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