AURORA, Ill., July 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Numerous students have added fire safety to their class schedule this fall. First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety*, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation have selected 25 organizations to participate in the third annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project to raise awareness about fire and carbon monoxide (CO) safety. This unique project pairs college students with fire departments across the country to help install smoke and CO alarms in at-risk homes in their communities.
The chosen groups represent an array of applicants from coast to coast. Each organization will receive 100 donated smoke and CO alarms from First Alert, along with educational materials, to install with students during home safety visits in at-risk communities during the fall semester:
McGehee Fire & EMS
Richmond Fire Department
Chester Fire Department
Montana State University
Hartford Fire Department
City of Cortland Fire Department
Long Ridge Fire Company
Fairview Fire District
Walker County Fire Rescue
City of Hickory Fire Department
Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue
Cedar Rapids Fire Department
Spirit Lake Fire Department
Idaho Falls Fire Department
Lacy Lakeview Fire Department
Meridian Fire Department
Danville Fire Department
Champaign Fire Department
Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District
Main Harts Creek Vol. Fire Department
Saint Albans Fire Department
Fort Wayne Fire Department
West Lafayette Fire Department
"The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports when a home does have working smoke alarms, it cuts the fatality risk of home fires in half," said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. "Smoke alarms are one of the best, and easiest, solutions to enhance home safety. And, by partnering with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation with the Town/Gown project, we are able to both educate communities about fire safety and install alarms for a long-lasting impact."
Many students live independently for the first time at college, and with academic challenges and social distractions, fire safety likely may not be a top priority. The Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project works with students to take responsibility of their own safety by learning fire safety while also assisting the local community.
"Collaboration between students, fire departments and universities works to create a stronger, safer community," said Ed Comeau, founder of Campus Firewatch. "Enabling students to learn fire safety by doing fire safety provides an important life skill for them and those around them."
According to the NFPA, three out of four fires occur in the home, the very place that most people feel the safest. However, more than 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly, according to a new survey by First Alert**. Unfortunately, many forget or simply aren't aware of the need for regular testing.
"Gaining real-world knowledge with regard to smoke and CO alarm placement and maintenance is an invaluable opportunity for these students," said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. "The Town/Gown project truly offers a unique volunteer opportunity to both support the community and work with fire safety professionals in a capacity many would not otherwise experience."
*First Alert Brand Trust Survey, February 2018 – Results are based on the responses of 1,000 adults, ages 25 and older, living in the United States who completed an online survey, February 15-19, 2018. Results are statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level and can be generalized to the entire adult population in the United States within those statistical parameters. For more information or a copy of the complete survey results, contact Tim Young at LCWA: 312/565-4628 or [email protected].
**First Alert Fire Prevention Research Report, May 2019 – Results are based on the responses of 1,000 adult homeowners, ages 18 and older, living in the United States who completed an online survey, May 13-16, 2019.
About Michael H. Minger Foundation The Michael H. Minger Foundation was formed following the death of Michael Minger in a residence hall fire. The Foundation focuses on fire safety for all students, including students with special needs such as physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities. More information is available at www.mingerfoundation.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/mingerfoundation.
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