RVFC Receives Grant for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Tue. Oct 20th 2020

The Raphine Volunteer Fire Company is excited to announce that we have received a grant from Walmart Giving! This grant will be used to initiate a free smoke and carbon monoxide detector program for residents of areas served by our department. The following highlights from the National Fire Protection Association's report on "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" show the significance of having working smoke detectors in your home.

  • Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2012-2016, smoke alarms were present in three-quarters (74%) and sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.

  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%).

  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths per 1,000 fires), either because no smoke alarm was present or an alarm was present but did not operate), as it was in homes with working smoke alarms (5.7 per 1,000 fires).

If you have a need for detectors in your home, please fill out the request form linked here, in the navigation bar on the left side of our home page, or call the firehouse at (540)377-2888.

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