Smoke Alarm Blitz 2018
Left to Right: Vanesa Davis with the Indiana Red Cross; Wayne Township Trustee Andy Harris; From SERVPRO of Indianapolis West: (far right) Rick Boger (back) Gregg Innis.
For the fourth consecutive spring, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West was invited to volunteer for the Smoke Alarm Blitz. Rick and Gregg were escorted by a Ben Davis H.S. senior (Makayla, not pictured) volunteer to canvas the streets in a west side neighborhood last Wednesday.
While most homeowners were at work, we found several people at home and asked them if we could test their smoke alarms. If we found an alarm not working properly, or saw that an area in a home needed one, we could install up to three brand-new alarms per residence. These were brand new Kidd alarms with a ten-year lifespan. The battery in these alarms never need to be replaced. Instead, the alarm just needs replaced after ten years.
We found one home with a family of two adults and three children, and no smoke alarms in the residence. We installed three brand-new alarms and also talked to them about creating a fire evacuation plan and what to do during a tornado emergency. Fire evacuation and severe weather preparation are topics we talked about with every homeowner we contacted that day. The American Red Cross supplied us with dry-erase sheets and pens to help each homeowner plan out a fire escape route from their home. One thing we also brought up was determining a safe place for all family members to meet. A safe place should be near the home but far enough away to be safe during a house fire.
Gregg, Makayla and I installed nine brand new smoke alarms last Wednesday and tested several dozen that were operating properly. We were very happy to get out and give back to the community that does so much for us. Thank you to the Wayne Township Fire Department and Trustee’s Office for having us participate in such a great event.