For Immediate Release: March 25, 2015

Brunswick County Residents to Receive Free Smoke Alarms During Canvassing Event

The Office of State Fire Marshal and partners to install alarms in homes on March 28

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal is partnering with local, state and national organizations to provide working smoke alarms and fire safety education to residents of Brunswick County. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Recently, Brunswick County has endured seven fires in eight days. Five of those fires were fatal.

"Safety is the number one priority," said Goodwin. "By working together, by pooling our resources, and by reaching out to the most at-risk communities, we can help prevent future tragedies."

On Saturday, March 28, volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods in Brunswick County to teach people about fire safety and properly install working fire alarms in homes. OSFM will provide 1,000 smoke alarms and alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to the installation teams. Brunswick County Emergency Services, American Red Cross, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot , Nationwide Insurance Company and 15 local fire departments are assisting with the effort.

Members of the media wishing to cover the event should meet at the Brunswick Community College Auditorium, 150 College Road, NE, Bolivia, at 9 a.m. on March 28. Canvassing will begin around 10 a.m. For more information, on the day of the event, contact Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, at 910-253-5383.