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“Get Alarmed, S.C.”
Thursday, May 26, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Fire and Life Safety, are partnering to help reduce fire-related deaths and injuries through the “Get Alarmed, S.C.” smoke alarm installation program.

Chief Jenkins stated that 1000 smoke alarms have been provided to the Columbia-Richland Fire Department for installation in homes throughout the City of Columbia and Richland County. In addition to installing smoke alarms, fire service personnel will provide information on general fire safety awareness and upon request, assist in preparing a home escape plan. Smoke alarms are available one per household and to those families in need.

For more information about receiving a smoke detector or developing an emergency action plan for your home contact Carmen Floyd, Public Fire Education Officer with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department at 803-545-3717 / cfdcfloyd@columbiasc.net.

Chief Jenkins continued to state that each household receiving a smoke alarm will be provided with a Smoke and Fire Safety Action Planner to assist with the development of an emergency plan of action based on each individual living situation. The Action Planner helps identify any special assistance that may be needed to help the very young, elderly or disabled escape in the event of a fire.

“Smoke alarms and fire safety awareness are essential to aid in preventing fires, injuries and fire fatalities,” South Carolina State Fire Marshal Adolf Zubia said.

“Although having a working smoke alarm doubles your chances of surviving a fire, it is not the total answer in making your home fire safe, it is just the beginning,” State Fire Marshal Zubia said. State Fire Marshal Zubia further stated, “Practicing good fire safety behaviors and being prepared to take action should an emergency occur will serve to make people in our state safer from the tragedies of fire.

In conjunction with this event, “We know that June is the beginning of Hurricane season, and in recognition of this, the Disaster Emergency Relief Ministry (DERM) of First Nazareth Baptist Church (2351 Gervais Street) is pleased to announce their plan to canvas the Waverly Community on June 11, 2011 by going door to door informing and handing out information regarding disaster preparedness to all the residents,” said Mr. Johnnie Williams, Coordinator of DERM. Mr. Williams added, “With this event he hoped that there will be an increased awareness throughout other churches and communities in the City of Columbia and Richland County”.

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