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Pender County Emergency Management partners with American Red Cross to “Sound the Alarm”

Free smoke detectors available to Burgaw and Atkinson

BURGAW – Pender County Emergency Management and local fire departments are partnering with the American Red Cross to provide free information and smoke detectors to members of the Burgaw and Atkinson communities.

“Smoke detectors save lives,” said Pender County Fire Marshal Mark Haraway. “A working smoke detector is essential to protect you and your family – especially at night.”

Haraway explained that when sleeping, the sense of smell is not as sensitive. However, the piercing sound of a working smoke detector will awaken families with enough time to escape a home fire.

Residents who need a smoke detector should call Pender County Emergency Management at 910-259-1210 or register online at

“Our initial round of smoke detectors is limited,” said Haraway. “We encourage residents of Burgaw and Atkinson who need a working smoke detector to call or fill out the online request. We will be receiving additional smoke detectors in the coming months and plan to distribute those units throughout Pender County.”

The smoke detectors provided through “Sound the Alarm” are extended life units with a lithium power cell and do not require additional batteries.

Installation is available for families on limited or fixed incomes.

The program, “Sound the Alarm” will take place Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Sound the Alarm” is a national movement and pledge to keep families safe against home fires. Corporate sponsors for this program include Delta Airlines, FEMA, Lowe’s, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Pender County Emergency Management.

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