Smoke alarm canvass slated for Saturday

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

The importance of having a working smoke alarm is often touted by fire officials, and residents in need of one in Yadkin County will have an opportunity to obtain a free one this weekend thanks to a multi-agency partnership.

The Red Cross has teamed up with the Yadkin County Fire Marshal’s office, local fire departments and volunteers with Impact Yadkin to do a canvass on Saturday for those in need of a smoke alarm.

“We’re doing a county-wide sweep trying to ensure that all homes have working smoke alarms,” said Fire Marshal Ricky Leonard.

“Chris Hauser with Impact has been a big part in this program,” Leonard added.

Impact Yadkin began in 2011 and has become a biannual event where volunteers from area and visiting churches work to assist residents with home improvements.

More than 1,600 volunteers are expected to participate in the week-long event, working on more than 70 sites with projects ranging from building wheelchair ramps, painting, roofing, pressure washing and other minor construction work.

Local firefighters as well as Impact volunteers will reach out to community residents on Saturday in regard to their need for a working smoke alarm.

“If anyone knows of any home that is in need, please call your local fire department or the Red Cross,” Leonard said. “Smoke alarms have an expiration date, if your smoke alarm is older than 10 years old, it is time to replace it.”

The goal, Leonard said, is to distribute 500 smoke alarms across the county.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison