Broadview Giving Out Free Smoke Alarms As Part of Larger Outreach Effort

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Broadview Fire Chief Tracy Kenny, first from left, with other firefighters. | Loyola University Health System 

Broadview residents can now receive free smoke alarms as part of an initiative implemented by the Broadview Fire Department, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and Office of the State Fire Marshal. 

“The Be Alarmed! Smoke Alarm Installation program provides smoke alarms and fire prevention materials to Illinois fire departments in an effort to both educate residents on fire safety as well as to provide them with life-saving devices in their home,” Broadview Fire Department officials said in a recent statement. 

“Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device there is,” said Anthony Monks, a Broadview fire inspector who reached out to those other organizations about the initiative. “Just having a working smoke alarm in your home reduces your chance of dying in a reported fire in half.”

As part of the program, Monks will install the smoke detectors free of charge, conduct a non-punitive safety inspection and help families create a safety plan in the event of a fire.

“Our program includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan, so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds,” Monks said. 

The Be Alarmed! program is part of a more comprehensive array of community outreach efforts planned throughout the summer that the fire department will have a role in administering.

  • Broadview’s certified car seat installers (Firefighters Scafidi and Nolan) can install infant or toddler car seats and explain all of the safety features for new parents, daycare providers, grandparents and others who are responsible for taking care of infants and toddlers. Contact administrative assistant Kris Murphy at (708) 343-6124 (dial zero) to make an appointment.
  • On June 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the village of Broadview will host a women’s leadership camp at the Broadview Fire Department, 2400 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, for young women, ages 11 to 15. The camp, #WeCanToo, is designed to give young women insight into the requirements and demands of community leadership, and tips on working in areas of the workforce that were once male dominated.  The camp is free and lunch will be provided. For more info or to secure a spot, contact administrative assistant Kris Murphy at (708) 343-6124 (dial zero).
  • On June 21, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Broadview Fire Department will host a “Meet Your Firefighters BBQ” at the fire department. The firefighters and paramedics “would like to show you what it takes to provide excellent service to the community. They will explain the roles they provide and give safety tips as well.”

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