MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) – After a deadly fire in Montague that claimed the life of a 66-year-old woman, the Montague Fire Department, Turners Falls Fire Department, and the American Red Cross are teaming up to make sure every house in the community has a working fire alarm.
Turners Falls Fire Captain Luke Harnett told 22News the departments have done this program in the past, but given recent events the local fire departments wanted to utilize the Home Fire Safety Program organized by the American Red Cross. The program is free and is open to everyone. There are no age or income restrictions. Applicants should submit their registration for the program by January 6, 2023.
Harnett said the best fire prevention in any home are smoke detectors. This program also gives homeowners one carbon monoxide detector, which helps to detect the odorless gas that the CDC said is deadly to everyone.
Applicants should live in the town of Montague, live in a home built before 1975, and are using smoke alarms that are over 10 years old. To register, call: 413-863-9023 extension 173 and leave a message with name, address, and phone number or email SmokeAlarms@TurnersFallsFire.org with the same information.
Houses built after 1975 have hard wired smoke alarms, which are better quality then the alarms given out through this program. Harnett also told 22News there is no cap to this program, but if needed, the Turners Falls and Montague Center fire departments will schedule a second day for installation.
Qualified applicants can get three free smoke alarms and one free carbon monoxide alarm. Installation of the alarms is included.
The key, said Harnett, is getting smoke alarms out to the community. Smoke alarms save lives, and they are the best detection device in any home whether the home was built before or after 1975.