Brandon Fire Department Receives Smoke Alarm Grant
Brandon, MS – The City of Brandon has received over 100 new smoke alarms for installation in homes that lack these critical safety devices. Over the past year, the Brandon Fire Department has developed a community risk reduction plan that promotes working smoke alarms, residential fire escape plans, and other hazard mitigation efforts.
“On behalf of the city of Brandon, we are happy to partner with the Mississippi Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s Office to provide new smoke detectors to residents in Brandon. I encourage any Brandon resident who does not have smoke detectors or has older smoke detectors that need to be replaced in their home to please reach out to the Brandon Fire Department and take advantage of the Get Alarmed Brandon program.”
Under current building codes, most homes constructed since 2000 have interconnected smoke alarm systems. However, these devices must be properly maintained and replaced every 10 years. “In a fire, occupants have a very short window of time to escape, so early warning is critical”, said Division Chief Ben Warren. Nationwide, studies show that the risk of dying in a reported home fire is cut in half when the structure is equipped with working and properly installed smoke alarms. To emphasize the importance of such risks, the Brandon Fire Department has adopted elements of Vision 20/20 and implemented several of the national strategies for fire loss prevention.
GET ALARMED BRANDON is a new program that allows trained personnel, both career and volunteer members to install the grant-funded smoke alarms in areas of greatest need free of charge. The fire department will also assist residents in completing a home fire safety survey and creating a plan that minimizes common hazards while improving their ability to survive a catastrophic event. For more information or to request a visit, contact the Brandon Fire Department’s Division of Fire and Life Safety at 601-824-4636.