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Chandler To Install Free Smoke Alarms In Mobile Homes

October 22nd, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Chandler To Install Free Smoke Alarms In Mobile Homes

By Colleen Sparks

Managing Editor

Mobile home residents can get free smoke alarms as part of a partnership involving the Chandler Fire Department.

The Arizona Burn Foundation has teamed up with the Chandler Fire Department, as well as Mesa Fire and Medical and the Tempe and Goodyear fire departments to install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods today, Oct. 20, as well as Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

They will be setting up the smoke alarms, as well as educating residents about fire preparedness from about 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers and firefighters aim to install smoke alarms in about 400 homes in the Chandler Meadows Mobile Home Park at 501 E. Ray Road and Chandler Estates Mobile Home Park at 200 E. Ivanhoe St.

“They are mobile homes and there is a higher risk of burns or fires that take place in mobile home parks and a higher risk of them not having smoke alarms in those homes,” said Mike Milem, director of community programs for the Arizona Burn Foundation.

“Mobile homes are a great place to target usually because they’re a higher risk and they tend to be lower-income, so people can’t afford a smoke alarm.”

Milem smoke alarms should be replaced every eight years and have a 10-year sealed battery. Volunteers and firefighters will also teach people at the mobile homes about cooking and heating safety and how to create a fire escape plan.

With more than 50 volunteers at each event, the hope is to install smoke alarms in more than 800 homes in four Valley cities – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Goodyear.

Milem said the Arizona Burn Foundation has partnered with the Chandler Fire Department for about 10 years on the free smoke alarm project.

He said around the country seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire and every 40 minutes, an injury is caused by a fire. Almost 1,000 times per day, fire departments are called to home fires.

“Our partnership with the local fire departments and other community partners to install free smoke alarms in homes is part of our commitment to be advocates for burn prevention,” Milem said.

The Arizona Burn Foundation has installed over 18,000 smoke alarms in the state since 2006.

The Arizona Burn Foundation started in 1967, and its mission is to support the quality of life for burn survivors and their families while also promoting burn prevention advocacy and education.