By Maureen Mespell
“Since the program was first announced, we have identified families and individuals to receive roughly…
700 of these smoke alarms,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Applications are moving along, but we need help to spread the word in every Hoosier community. If you are deaf or hearing impaired or have a family member who is deaf or hearing impaired, go online and apply for a free smoke alarm. If you know of an individual who is deaf or hearing impaired in your neighborhood, workplace, community or elsewhere, encourage them to apply as well. Our primary objective is to get these alarms into the hands of Hoosiers who need them most.”
The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office received a $300,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant that was used to purchase 1200 alarms in October.
The smoke alarms will be in stalled in homes by local fire departments free of charge to recipients. The alarms consist of a strobe light and a bed shaker that will awaken a hearing impaired individual, or will see the strobe light while awake.
Individuals who are interested in receiving one of these smoke detectors, and who cannot afford to purchase one on their own, should apply online at www.in.gov/dhs by clicking on “Application for Smoke Alarms.”