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Free smoke alarms available to qualified city and county residents

Free smoke alarms Shown left to right are Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Cindy Ring; Red Cross of North Mississippi President Colt Doom; Red Cross volunteer Joe Lukas (in truck); and NAFD crew including Shane Cowsert, Chief Steve Coker, Josh Self, Capt. David Williams, Luke Taylor, Lt. Randy Stacy, Deputy Chief Mark Whiteside, Jamie Shorter, and New Albany Code Enforcement Officer Eric Thomas.

Many New Albany and Union County residents will receive free smoke alarms within coming weeks.

Red Cross of North Mississippi personnel delivered 500 new ten-year smoke alarms to New Albany’s Fire Station #1 on Cleveland St., Friday afternoon, Feb. 9th. The smoke alarms will be distributed by county volunteer departments and the New Albany Fire Department.

There will be no charge to the households receiving the smoke alarms.

County residents who own or rent homes may be eligible for an alarm. Inside the city limits, free smoke alarms can only go to homeowners. A city of New Albany ordinance requires owners of rental property to supply smoke detectors. Any city rental property without smoke detectors is a matter for code enforcement /building inspector to deal with. The fire department cannot place detectors into city rental property.

The program under which the free smoke alarms are distributed is a joint venture of the American Red Cross and the Kidde Company, a major manufacturer of smoke alarms.

For more information on qualifying for free smoke detectors:  contact the New Albany Fire Department at 662-534-1000 or come between 8AM and 5PM to New Albany Station 1 at 107 Cleveland St.

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