The Burlington Fire Department and Burlington’s Elk Lodge #84 are combining efforts to ensure that every Burlington home has smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector.
Beginning this Saturday, members of the departments will be going door to door to verify that all homes have at least one of each. If a resident doesn’t have one, firefighters will install it for free. The Elk’s Lodge applied for and received a $2,000 Beacon Grant which can be used to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The Lodge also added an additional $1,000 for alarms through donations and fundraising.
Residents who need a smoke detector or would like a home fire safety inspection should call the Burlington Fire Department during business hours.
More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year in the United States, most of whom are in homes without working smoke alarms. More the 4,000 people are hospitalized each year due to unintentional CO poisoning.