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Carrboro Firefighters Know Smoke-Detector Program Works

Posted May 1, 2007

— Firefighters in Carrboro are crediting a newly installed smoke detector with preventing a major incident. They know it was recently installed because they had put it in.

The Carrboro Fire Department has a program to help residents make sure smoke alarms are properly placed and working and to install them if people have no alarms.

April 26, they put an alarm in an second floor apartment at the 800 block of West Main Street, Deputy Chief Trey Mayo said. April 30, employees at a downstairs business heard the alarm sounding and called 911. Firefighters found the stove had been left on and unattended in the apartment and a small fire had begun, Mayo said.

They cleared the smoke from the apartment and, before they left, replaced the battery in the smoke detector, he said.


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  • fyreangl31 May 3, 2007

    Well stated Pinehurstace.

  • pinehurstace May 2, 2007

    Concerning bablucas-at-bellsouth-dot-net comments about his/her tax dollars paying for smoke detectors.

    The detectors were probably donated or part of safety programs (state, federal, safe kids, cdc, etc.), but if the fire department (and thus the city) paid five dollars for the detector or two dollars for a battery, this is a drop in the bucket compared to what it would cost the city for the fire department to respond with several fire engines, ten to twenty firefighters to fight a commercial fire and the water. Because if the smoke detector did not alert the business below the apartment, the fire would have spread. Five dollars (worth of prevention) is better than Thousands of dollars (worth of suppression).

    Congratulations Carrboro!

  • computer trainer May 2, 2007

    I know that some companies had given smoke detectors to fire departments to put in places where landlords would not provide them, which I had thought was against the law. I thought that this story was nice, and to know that they put a new battery in before they left, icing on the cake!!

  • boblucas May 2, 2007

    how can the Fire Dept install them if people don't have them?
    where do the alarms come from. I hope it's not tax dollars. my property tax here in Carrboro is through the roof and to pass it on to renters is hard. soon carrboro will be richer and whiter, not too diverse?