News Release: Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
Atlanta – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced today the continuation of his smoke alarm program “Operation Safe Home” in Brooks County.
State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss, a representative from Commissioner Hudgens’ Office presented 50 smoke alarms to City of Quitman Fire Chief Clay Phillips in a brief ceremony at the main Fire Station.
Through Operation Safe Home, Commissioner Hudgens’ office provides free smoke alarms to Georgia citizens who otherwise would not be able to purchase them. The smoke alarms are donate or purchased at no cost to taxpayers. The alarms presented today were donated to the program by First Alert. Since 2011, Hudgens has donated nearly 20,000 free smoke alarms to needy citizens across the state.
“Most fire fatalities occur in the home and most occur when people are sleeping,” Hudgens said. “Having a smoke alarm in your home can mean the difference between life and death. In fact, statistics consistently show that having a working smoke alarm in the house doubles your chance of getting out alive."
Any individual or business interested in contributing to Operation Safe Home may call the City of Quitman Fire Department or Commissioner Hudgens’ Public Education Division at 404-657-0831.