The Leitchfield Fire Department recently started a program to provide free smoke detectors to the citizens of Grayson County.
Any Grayson County resident who is in need of a smoke detector may now request one free of charge from the LFD, according to LFD First Assistant Chief Tim Duvall.
The project started about three months ago when the LFD held a meeting to discuss and review recent fires that resulted in the deaths of children, Duvall said.
The LFD determined that providing smoke detectors to citizens who do not have one might help reduce fire-related child fatalities, Duvall said.
The LFD later met with the Grayson County Health Department, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and local Pediatrician Joseph Lee, M.D., FAAP, all of whom pledged to support the LFD’s smoke detector program, according to Duvall.
“[Smoke detectors] are the first line of defense…especially when [people] are asleep,” Duvall said. “If they don’t have that, they may not wake up. The smoke will get them.”
The smoke detector program is funded by donations, and recently, the GC Health Department Board of Directors became the first benefactor by donating $1,000, Duvall said.
In addition, the LFD reached an agreement with Future Designs, whom will sell the smoke detectors with batteries for just above $3 a piece, according to Duvall.
That price coupled with the GC Health Department’s recent $1,000 donation will allow the LFD to make an initial purchase of about 260 smoke detectors to distribute to county residents, Duvall said.
For more information on the LFD’s smoke detector program, call 270-259-6376.