FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 YEARS LATER: THE MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME
The Fairview Fire District Urges its Residents to be Vigilant about Fire Hazards
Last week, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country walked into a lottery retailer and bought one, or many, two dollar Powerball tickets in hopes of becoming a multimillionaire overnight. Imagine pulling into your driveway after that trip finding your home engulfed in smoke and flames. You see none of your family members outside, and your heart drops. Are they home? Do they know their chances of getting out alive are minimal? Did I change my smoke alarm batteries this year? If only I had not put “install smoke alarms” on the bottom of my “to-do list.”
Don’t let this dreadful experience happen to you. Do not become a statistic. Check your smoke alarms today. The Fairview Fire District wants to keep you and your family safe and they report some simple tips that can be followed in your home that could just save your life.
“First and foremost is ensuring that you have a working smoke detector in every sleeping room as well as on every floor,” says Justin Bohlmann, Fairview Fire District’s Public Education Coordinator. “Second is making sure that once the detectors are installed, that they are tested monthly. Furthermore you should never take a battery out of a smoke detector unless you are putting a new one in,” Bohlmann says.
Fairview would also like to reinforce that once the smoke detector sounds, do not hesitate, evacuate. In most cases, seconds count in surviving a fire. “It is also important that families practice Exit Drills in The Home, otherwise known as E.D.I.T.H.,” Justin says. “Always knowing two ways out could save you minutes and your life.”
On January 21st, four years after a horrific fire at 112 Fairview Avenue, the Town of Poughkeepsie community will remember three young lives taken too soon. The structure may be gone, classmates graduated, neighbors moved away, but the victims’ names are still etched into our minds. Eva Block, Kerry Fitzsimons and Kevin Johnson perished on that dreadful night in 2012. As a community, it is our job to ensure that their lives were not taken in vain. It is our job to ensure that our families not have to go through the pain and heart ache of waking every morning without a loved one.
It is because of that responsibility to our families and community member’s that the Fairview Fire District announces an aspiration for 2016. We as firefighters and community educators wish to install 100 smoke alarms in homes across our district and we are looking to you for help. Do you know someone you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms for their home? Do you have an elderly neighbor who cannot or may not think to check their alarms? Please contact the Fairview Fire District Public Education Coordinator at 845.452.8770 to schedule an appointment. Remember you too can save a life today. The odds of winning the Powerball are slim, but the odds of dying in a fire are much greater; especially without the help of simple precautions such as a smoke alarm.
In closing, the Fairview Fire District wants to remind its residents that in addition to smoke alarm assistance, the Office of Public Education is always available to answer any fire safety questions that you may have.
If you would like more information on this topic, have questions, or would like to set up an interview with Justin Bohlmann, please contact Chief Christopher Maeder at 845.452.7453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.