PIKEVILLE – The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Protection Tuesday announced a partnership with the Kidde Co. and the Pike County Firefighters Association to install 250 smoke detectors in homes throughout Pike County. The Kidde Co., located in Mebane, N.C., is a manufacturer of fire safety products including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers and has donated the smoke detectors.
“We thank the Kidde Co. for stepping forward to provide these smoke alarms and for helping increase awareness of the importance of installing smoke detectors in residences,” William Swope, director of the Division of Fire Prevention which is part of the Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, said in a news release.
According to Swope, Kidde Co. is giving the smoke detectors to the Pike County Firefighters Association for distribution and installation. “The association will work with Pike County Schools to identify households that need smoke detectors. These smoke detectors will not just be handed out, but will be installed in area homes to ensure that they are where they should be and are in good working order,” Swope said.
Swope says all Kentuckians should keep in mind the following safety tips:
-Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. -When one sounds, they all sound.
-Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
-Smoke rises. Install smoke alarms, following manufacturer's instructions, high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
The Pike give-away follows a recent fatal house fire which killed four young Pike County children and their father.