'Operation Safe Home' Gives Smoke Alarms To Those In Need For Free

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Marvin Warren has lived in Quitman for the past four years.

He says he'll now sleep better at night, thanks to his new fire alarm. It was given to him for free by the Quitman Fire Department.

"You just never know what's going to happen," Warren said. "Money is tight and a lot of people don't even have money to put food on the table, let alone a smoke detector, but really that's more important than the food in a way," he said.

It's all part of Operation Safe Home, which provides smoke alarms to residents in need for free.

"Since 2011, Commissioner Ralph Hudgens who is the State Fire Commissioner has donated over 20,000 smoke alarms to local fire departments," said Dwayne Garriss, the Georgia State Fire Marshal.

Here's how the program works: folks stop by the Quitman Fire Department to pick up an alarm. They fill out a form, answering a few simple questions. Then, the firefighters take it from there.

"They're kind of difficult to install when you don't know how to do it; so we want to make sure that they install it properly and so we have the firefighters go out and install the smoke alarms and they test them to make sure they are working," said Clay Phillips, the Quitman's Fire Chief.

"We've had a 147 fire fatalities last year," Garriss added. "We've had 47 this year already and we certainly want to make sure everybody is safe."

Garriss says all of the smoke alarms are donated and no money comes from taxpayers to pay for Operation Safe Home.

The City of Quitman Fire Department is located at 205 South Madison Street, Quitman, Ga.


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