The Logan County Commission is working in conjunction with Logan County Fire Departments and the City of Logan to make sure every home in Logan County has a smoke detector.
Logan County Commission President Danny Godby said, “Not too long ago, and these things happened randomly, homes have been burned down and people have lost lives because people have no smoke detectors. We wanted to do something to help the people of Logan County. When you look back and see two young children perish in a fire, it’s so terrible. We want smoke detectors to be placed in about every home in Logan County so hopefully nothing like that will ever happen again. We all feel the need to help people having gone through this season of Thanksgiving.”
The fire Godby spoke of claimed the lives of two young children on Canton Lane in Logan had been burning for a while before it was discovered. There were no smoke detectors in the home.
Since then, the communities have come together and efforts have been made by the City of Logan, Logan County and all the fire departments to raise awareness and make the homes of Logan County residents safer.
City of Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said they have been addressing the issue from several different angles.
“We inspected all the multi-family buildings in the city to check for working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting. We found three buildings that had proper equipment. There were quite a few that had smoke detectors with batteries missing—it may not have been their fault, they may have put the smoke detectors in and people removed the batteries, but they were missing and needed to be replaced.”
Beckett said certified letters were being mailed to the property owners of buildings with deficiencies and re-inspections will be conducted after the first of the year to be sure the equipment has been brought up to code.
There has also been a big push to get smoke detectors in every residence and Beckett says donations have come in from so many people, agencies and organizations, he has lost count.
“There have probably been 1,500 smoke detectors go out so far and those things are not free. The bus drivers, police departments, ladies at the courthouse, churches and individuals have donated money to buy smoke detectors. We want to get smoke detectors in every home and we are looking at hitting it from every angle, even some non-traditional ways like including a smoke detector in the baskets the churches distribute at Christmas.”
To date, more than 1,100 smoke detectors have been distributed by Logan County school bus drivers.
Logan County Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry encourages Logan County residents who already have smoke detectors to check the batteries to be sure they are in good working order.
“It’s a good idea to check batteries when the time changes for Daylight Savings Time. Sometimes batteries are taken out of smoke detectors to replace dead batteries in a remote control or game and then not replaced, so it’s a good idea to check periodically to be sure your home is covered. Having a working smoke detector in your home increases the chances you will survive a fire by 80 percent,” said Perry.
Any Logan County resident who needs a smoke detector can visit their local fire station to pick one up.