Autumn's arrival signals onset of heating-related fire concerns
by Jessica Loeding
Sep 09, 2012 | 1755 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cartersville family is thankful for simple devices that may save the lives of three children.

The local family received two smoke detectors from Cartersville Fire Department Capt. Mitchell Bagley in order to bring the children’s home up to fire regulations.

“We have been able to take care of getting everything done and was in need of two smoke detectors,” said the children’s great-grandmother, Glenda. “[Bagley] stepped in and donated these items to my grandson and his children. He was very helpful in giving some great advice as well.

“Without his help, the process may have been delayed.”

With fall swiftly approaching, fire safety officials encourage residents to begin preparing for colder weather.

“Smoke detectors are our first line of defense,” said Bartow County Fire Department Fire Safety Educator Capt. Colleen Cochran.

“Fall is coming. ... When the time changes, change the batteries in your smoke detectors,” Cochran said. “Test them once a month to make sure they are working properly.”

The coming holiday season also brings fire hazards.

For Halloween, Cochran urges residents to extinguish candles and keep open flames away from decorations and any structures. Although Christmas is still more than three months away, the state fire safety educator of the year says those marking the holiday with a live Christmas tree should keep the tree adequately watered and check all lights to ensure they are in proper working order.

For those in need of detectors, BCFD offers a program for low-income and senior citizens.

“We have a smoke detector program that we keep going,” Cochran said. “They can come by station 1 at Highway 20 right there across from Walmart. ... All that we ask is that they sign a piece of paper and put their name and address on there. We will also go out and install the detectors for them as well.”

For more information on fire safety or the availability of smoke detectors, call BCFD station 1 at 770-387-5151 or CFD station 1 at 770-387-5635.