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.’’