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Smoke alarm blitz‏
Saturday, March 15, 2014

AIKEN, SC - The Aiken Department of Public Safety and South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to invite you to join us for the first “Right Alarm. Right Location. Right Action” community outreach program. This program includes smoke alarm installations at the Kennedy Colony neighborhood this Saturday March 15, 2014 at 9AM.

Aiken’s Kennedy Colony is the first neighborhood of the 2013 grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office to receive smoke alarms.

The grant, “Right Alarm. Right Location. Right Action” will include the installation of 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms, help with a fire escape plan, and offer other fire safety tips to residents. The team will include State Fire Marshal Shane Ray, with citizen safety the focus of the day.

“We are so happy to be in Aiken to kick off this important program,” explains State Fire Marshal Shane Ray. “We applaud the Aiken Department of Public Safety for their proactive approach with outreach within the community. We look forward to meeting many Aiken citizens this weekend.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office Community Risk Reduction Team and the ADPS team will be throughout the neighborhood on Saturday, March 15. You’ll be able to spot them with their safety vests as well as signage throughout the neighborhood with their fire safety messages.

“It is an honor to work with the South Carolina State Fire Marshal office during this program in an effort to help protect the citizens we serve,” states Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco

Since 2007, there have been 10 fires in the Kennedy Colony neighborhood totaling over $270,000 in damage and loss. The goal of these outreach programs is to save lives. Please check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working and if they are over 10 years old they should be replaced because of their sensor life.

Aiken County had 10 citizens die in 2013, which was the most of any county in the state. Help us make sure no one dies in Aiken from fire.

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