Lilac Lane resident Jared Clay (left) talks with Kenai Fire Marshal Tommy Carver about his apartment's smoke detectors and his family's fire escape on Saturday, March 19 in Kenai. Carver and other members of the Kenai Fire Department, along with volunteers from the American Red Cross, were going door-to-door Saturday to install free smoke detectors in homes.

An ounce of prevention

  • By By BEN BOETTGER
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:12pm
  • News

On Saturday American Red Cross volunteers and Kenai Firefighters visited homes to install free smoke detectors. Their fire safety education effort concentrated on the neighborhoods around Lilac Lane, where a gas pipeline ruptured by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused a home explosion on Jan. 24.

Kenai Fire Marshal Tommy Carver said a new partnership planned with the Red Cross will allow his department to offer free smoke detector installation and servicing to Kenai residents in the future. Carver said that once the partnership is in effect, the Kenai Fire Department will do smoke detector checks and installations whenever it makes a call to a residence.

Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Shiloh Powell said people interested in a check or installation can make appointments through the Red Cross by calling 907-301-5476.

Red Cross disaster program manager Shiloh Powell briefs volunteers for a day of door-to-door smoke detector installation at Kenai’s Beacon Fire Training Center on Saturday, March 19. Red Cross volunteers and members of the Kenai Fire Department installed free fire detectors in Kenai homes Saturday.

Kenai Fire Department Engineer John Wichman installs a mount for a new fire alarm in a house on Lilac Lane on Saturday, March 19 in Kenai.

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