Volume 1 Number 29
July 19, 2004









 

 


STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE, FLASH PROVIDE 300 FREE SMOKE ALARMS TO LYNN HAVEN

 

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher joined with Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes-FLASH, Inc., on Thursday to deliver 300 smoke alarms to the Lynn Haven Fire Department.  The giveaway is part of an ongoing, collaborative effort to provide free smoke alarms to residents in at-risk communities.

 

Since the program began in 2002, more than 10,000 alarms have been distributed to Florida households.

 

“At least half of all fire-related deaths can be prevented by a smoke alarm,” Gallagher said.  “Our goal is to make sure every Florida home has one of these life-saving devices.” 

 

FLASH, a coalition of government agencies, professional associations and private industry with a common goal to reduce the impacts of natural and manmade disasters, purchases the alarms using corporate grants and donations, and is supported by the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation.  Local fire departments work with the State Fire Marshal to perform safety inspections and smoke alarm installations. 

 

In November 2002, a 4-year-old Pensacola boy was saved when his mother was alerted to a house fire only 10 days after installation of the free alarm.

 

“This program has already saved lives, and we are confident that it can again,” said Alliance President Leslie Chapman-Henderson.  “We are extremely grateful for our partners, CFO and State Fire Marshal Gallagher and the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation for making the giveaway program possible.”

 

For more information on fire prevention and home safety, visit FLASH on-line at www.flash.org or the State Fire Marshal’s Office at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SFM.