Written by: Weysan Dun
(Omaha, Nebraska; March 5, 2015)
David and Rachael Larrick knew they needed new smoke alarms in their home after recently testing their old ones and discovering they were not working. David said he regularly tests his smoke detectors because they have a young daughter and they are concerned about fire safety for their family. He had been looking at and pricing smoke detectors and was planning to buy some on the over the weekend of February 21st and 22nd. In addition to getting new smoke detectors, David wanted to upgrade to ones with carbon monoxide detection capability but found that they were “pretty pricey” as he looked around at various options.
Rachel was talking with her mother about buying the smoke detectors when her mother told there was a recent TV news story about the American Red Cross , First Responders Foundation and Omaha Fire Department’s plans to conduct a fire safety canvass in their neighborhood on Saturday, February 21st. David and Rachel hoped their home would be included in the canvass and decided to wait see, before going out and buying new smoke detectors that weekend.
They were rewarded for that decision late Saturday morning when a team of well-trained Red Cross volunteers and Omaha Firefighters knocked on their door and asked if they had working smoke detectors in their home and offered to replace their old, non-working detectors. In addition to installing two, state-of-the art smoke detectors with built-in carbon monoxide detection capability and a 10-year battery, the Red Cross volunteers helped them draft a fire escape plan and gave them fire safety information.
Rachel said the visit from the Red Cross and Omaha Firefighters was “quite a blessing” because they could now use the money they had planned on spending for smoke detectors for necessities for their daughter, adding that “every little bit helps.” Rachel continued to say, “it’s pretty cool that the Red Cross provides this service to the community because so many people can’t afford to buy new smoke detectors or don’t know the proper way to install them.”