ICT Donates Smoke Alarms to Spring Fire Department
Spring, along with more than two dozen Texas cities, will receive smoke alarms from the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) courtesy of a program called We’re Out to Alarm Texas. Today, Spring firefighters will distribute the 10-year lithium powered First Alert smoke alarms to homeowners who have notified the fire department of their need for working smoke alarms.
“We’ve provided life-saving smoke alarms to Texas fire departments since 2005,” said Mark Hanna, an ICT spokesperson. “We’ve distributed more than 20,000 smoke alarms to 50 Texas cities and I’m proud to say this program has helped save the lives of several Texans.”
In its first year of operation, We’re Out to Alarm Texas helped to save the lives of three elderly residents in New Braunfels and Waco, after donated smoke alarms alerted them to fires in their smoke-filled homes. Local firefighters were able to successfully rescue the residents before they were overcome by the smoke and fire.
We’re Out to Alarm Texas started as a joint effort between ICT and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, to help save lives by providing smoke alarms to needy citizens. Initially, ICT donated smoke alarms to cities with high fire fatalities, but as information about the program spread, fire departments in every corner of the state asked to join the program.
More than 100 people die every year in structure fires in Texas and smoke alarms have been credited with saving the lives of thousands of would-be fire victims in the United States.
Spring firefighters will respond to residents in need of working smoke alarms on a first come, first serve basis. Firefighters will check out each home for potential fire hazards and then install smoke alarms where needed. Over the next few weeks, Kyle, Wimberley and Roma, are the other Texas cities receiving ICT donated smoke alarms for the first time.
Several insurance companies and other organizations assisted ICT in purchasing the smoke alarms. They included State Farm, The Travelers Companies, the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies in Texas (AFACT) and First Alert.
Earlier this year ICT donated smoke alarms to the fire departments in Amarillo, Farmers Branch, Point, River’s End, Haltom City, Laredo, Del Rio, Galveston, Wichita Falls, New Braunfels, Little York, Lufkin, Pearland, San Angelo, Burkburnett, Longview, Travis County, Bastrop, Potter County, Midland, Abilene and Fresno.