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State Fire Marshal’s office joins with Oak Island, Caswell Beach in smoke alarm canvass on Oct. 28  

 

RALEIGH – Chief State Fire Marshal Brian Taylor and state fire prevention specialist Jan Parker will join Oak Island Fire Department Chief Chris Anselmo, Yaupon Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Criscoe, and other firefighters in canvassing the region Oct.28 to make sure residents have smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half,” said N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal. “That’s why I am pleased our firefighters are going from home to home checking to see if a fire alarm is installed and that is in proper working order.”

Firefighters from the Oak Island Fire Department and the Yaupon Beach Volunteer Fire Department will canvass neighborhoods in Oak Island and Caswell Beach. If homes in selected neighborhoods do not have a smoke alarm, or an alarm is outdated, firefighters will install new ones.

The Office of State Fire Marshal has provided a grant to help with the smoke alarm distribution and installation project. The American Red Cross has provided an additional 150 alarms to help with the event. The Baptist Aging Ministry will have volunteers assisting with the smoke alarm installations.