A recent rash of home fires in Butler County and a multiple fatalities residential fire in east Wichita point out the importance of working smoke detectors in occupied residential dwellings.
Fire safety experts know the majority of fire deaths occur from the smoke long before the flames themselves consume the dwelling. In addition, today’s homes contain furnishings that burn hotter and faster than ever before and generate toxic smoke quickly. All reasons to have working smoke detectors in any residentialdwelling and to have a plan of escape once the detector sounds.
Butler County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross have teamed up to provide alimited number of smoke detectors for Butler County residents who do not presently have a workingsmoke detector in their residence, regardless of whether they own or rent the dwelling. Anyone who lives in Butler County is eligible for one of the detectors.
To obtain a free smoke detector call the Emergency Management Agency at 733-9796 or stop by the EMA offices at 2100 N. Ohio in Augusta during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Supplies arelimited and are available on a first come first served basis, limit of one per family. The only requirement is the person receiving the detector provides proof of residence in Butler County.
Anyone who does not have a smoke detector in their home is encouraged to take the time to call or come by and get one; the simple act of installing this in a home may mean the difference between life or death should a fire break out.
Butler County and the American Red Cross hope they can help people have a safe holiday season and beyond.
For any questions contact the EMA office at 733-9796 or visit their web site at www.bucoks.com and click on “Emergency Management.”