Alarm­ing Methven

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

Smoke alarms are on their way to ev­ery home in Methven thanks to the Methven Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and a do­na­tion from the New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust.

The Methven Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade has re­ceived $10,000 in the trust’s lat­est fund­ing round which will go to­wards the pur­chase of 720 pho­to­elec­tric smoke alarms. The alarms will be in­stalled in homes and sports clubs around Methven by mem­bers of the Methven Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade.

‘‘We will in­stall long-life pho­to­elec­tric smoke de­tec­tors with bat­ter­ies that last for up to 10 years. Peo­ple don’t have to worry about chang­ing the bat­ter­ies reg­u­larly,’’ Methven fire chief Selwyn Allred said.

In­form­ing the com­mu­nity on fire safety pro­ce­dures, like fire pre­ven­tion and ac­tions to take in a fire, was also part of the project.

‘‘Chil­dren at schools get good education about fire safety, but our ex­pe­ri­ence is that adults don’t know much about it. That’s why three mem­bers of our fire bri­gade go to ev­ery lo­ca­tion in Au­gust and Septem­ber. One of them is re­spon­si­ble for in­stalling the smoke de­tec­tor and the other ones will ad­vise ev­ery house­hold on how they can make their house more fire safe.

‘‘All 24 mem­bers of the Methven Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade are in­volved in this project and we all look for­ward to mak­ing this com­mu­nity safer.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.