Free fire extinguishers and smoke alarms will be given to families with young children in October. It’s a partnership between the Springfield Fire Department and Parents as Teachers. The families were identified through in-home surveys done by PAT educators.
Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety educator with the fire department, says 250 fire extinguishers will be given out along with $2500 in smoke alarms.
She’s confident the free fire safety devices will save lives.
Erwin said, while smoke alarms and fire extinguisher are known to save lives, many families can’t afford them.
The project is funded with grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and from the Bee Payne Stewart Foundation.