Advertisement

Martinsburg firefighters distribute smoke detectors

July 26, 2000

Martinsburg firefighters distribute smoke detectors



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Since June 3, city firefighters and workers from the Lowe's store in Martinsburg have installed 83 smoke detectors in homes in the city's east section that did not have them, said Lt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department.

In another 50 homes, the team replaced dead batteries in smoke alarms, Canby added.

Canby said he was surprised by the number of homes that did not have smoke detectors or detectors that were not working.

Given the number of new detectors that have been installed, Canby figures at least one will probably save someone's life some day.

"This is one of the projects that will have a good ending down the road," Canby said Wednesday.

The smoke detectors and batteries were purchased using $1,500 that was donated by the Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Apple Harvest Drive, Canby said.

Advertisement

The 602 Lowe's stores across the country are offered the chance to participate in the Lowe's Heroes program, in which each store is offered $1,500 to help coordinate a project in the community where the store is located, said Lowe's spokeswoman Suzanne McCoy.

Some stores donate the money to efforts organized by the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity, McCoy said.

"They just want to make a difference in the communities," McCoy said.

"They have been very generous. When we run out of smoke detectors, we just get more at the store," Canby said.

The installation area includes from Moler Avenue to Stephen Street and from Queen Street east to the city line, Canby said.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|