– On Tuesday July 15, Lugoff Fire hosted a smoke detector installation blitz on live TV with WLTX News 19 from 6-8AM. Lugoff Fire crews offered free smoke detector installations, free car seat checks, and fire prevention information all day. This blitz was very successful as citizens were encouraged to call the main fire station and schedule free smoke detector installations during the morning hours. Lugoff crews were so successful in this blitz that they worked all day installing car seats at Fire Station Headquarters and installing smoke detectors in the community. Over 35 citizens called during the day to have smoke detectors installed in their homes. Citizens as far away as Bishopville, Lexington, Columbia, Camden, St. Matthews, and Orangeburg responded to the blitz to have smoke detectors installed in their homes. Lugoff firefighters coordinated with fire departments in these areas to have smoke detectors installed promptly. In addition to the efforts of the fire crews, the Camden Chick-Fil-A donated free sandwich coupons to those citizens who participated in the blitz. Lugoff crews also promoted the installation of residential fire sprinklers in homes. The installation of smoke detectors for early fire detection and the installation of residential fire sprinklers, as the ones found in apartments and hotels, provide the most effective fire prevention measures for the safety of the family. Smoke, and the toxic chemicals found in it, is what kills people inside burning structures. The quicker the smoke is detected and a fire is suppressed, the greater the chance of survival of all occupants in a home.
“Our outreach to the community today was very successful and we thank everyone for calling in or coming by to allow us to promote fire and child seat safety. We appreciate WLTX for covering this event live and the Camden Chick-Fil-A for providing free sandwich coupons for those who received a smoke detector. ‘Safety and a Sandwich’ was a big hit. We feel we made a very positive impact on fire and life safety today” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.
Statistics provided by the SC State Fire Marshal’s Office reveal that of the 35 residential fire deaths in 2014, 2/3 of the homes did not have a working smoke detector. Single family homes are 3 times more likely to have no working smoke alarms than multi-family homes and apartments. During statewide smoke detector blitzes throughout the state in 2014, over 59% of those homes had either an expired/inoperative smoke detector or had no detector at all. On average, residential structure fires with smoke alarms present are controlled 16% faster by fire crews resulting in 45% more of the property being conserved. Residences without smoke alarms incurred 31% more property and contents damage.
Lugoff Fire will continue to perform free smoke detector installs in the Lugoff community as well as free car seat checks daily. Citizens can call 803-438-2553 option 1 to schedule a smoke detector installation or come by the Headquarters Station located at 892 Hwy 1 South Lugoff for a free car seat installation by a certified car seat installation technician.