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January 17, 2014

Live Oak Fire Dept. giving smoke detectors to county residents

Live Oak —

The Live Oak Fire Department is giving away smoke detectors at no cost to county residents while supplies last, Live Oak Fire Chief Chad Croft said.

Croft said LOFD obtained approximately 50 smoke detectors from an anonymous donor, and in return, they want to help the people of this community who are in need. 

“We want to meet the needs of the people and address any concerns they may have,” Croft said. 

Crew members will drive to any location within the county to assist the elderly or disabled with the installation, at no cost to the home owner. In addition to installing the smoke alarms, Croft said his crew will conduct an in-home safety inspection at the request of the resident to determine if potential fire hazards exist. 

“Most people have this perception that if we go and conduct an in-home inspection, that we’re going to write citations for every potential fire hazard,” Croft said. “That’s not what we’re going to do. We’re not going to write citations. This is strictly for education purposes and to help the homeowner avoid a potential disaster.”

Safety and Training Officer Alan Bedenbaugh said educating the public of fire safety is their main priority this year. 

“Our goal is to make every effort to educate the public on fire safety,” Bedenbaugh said.

One of the department’s efforts to educate local residents is through the means of fire safety classes. Bedenbaugh said he is available any day of the week to speak to church, civic and other groups on tips to avoid fire hazards and how to recognize them if they exist in the home. 

“We just want to help people make their house safe,” Bedenbaugh said. 

For more information on the smoke detectors, call the LOFD at 386-362-1313. 

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