Hays group donates smoke alarms
By RANDY GONZALES
For the first time, the Hays Fire Department has smoke alarms available for the hearing-impaired.
"This type of alarm emits a light strobe to warn the residents of a potential hazard," Hays firefighter Lucas Everett said. "The qualifications for this are you have to live within the city limits of Hays and have a hearing-impairment that would warrant the need of this specialized alarm, and you have a fixed income or simply cannot purchase an alarm."
Everett said the lights from these detectors are bright enough to wake people who are sleeping.
"I believe the light is bright enough. It would wake me up," Everett said.
The smoke alarms partially were purchased through money donated by the Hays Association of the Deaf. Ralph's Electric, 2112 Canterbury, will install the smoke detectors free of charge.
Having a smoke alarm in a home reduces the risk of death by fire by 50 percent, Everett said. He added the city of Hays Fire Department provides smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at no cost to Hays residents who meet the qualifications, and will assist citizens who have limited mobility with installation of alarms they have purchased, or change out batteries.
The regular smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are funded through donations from area businesses and local citizens. This year, Auto World, 722 E. Eighth, and Walmart Supercenter, 4301 Vine, have donated money to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
For more information, contact Everett at (785) 628-7330.