THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville firefighters are partnering with local businesses to raise money for new smoke detectors to distribute to families in need.
The fundraiser is part of their effort to raise awareness of how this gadget is proven to save lives.
Four people have died in house fires in Thomasville since the beginning of this year.
Thomasville Firefighters said that's a high number that they want to prevent from increasing.
But with budget cuts, they admit they need extra help to provide the proper protection for people.
Thomasville Firefighters said they're running low on state-issued smoke detectors to distribute to folks in need.
Fire Marshal Tim Connell said, “"Without the business owners, we couldn't afford to go out and buy these detectors. We need this program to get up and moving."
Firefighters are now reaching out to local businesses to partner on a new fundraiser.
The money raised would be used to buy smoke detectors for the growing number of homes that don't have them.
American Red Cross Emergency Services Program Director Cheryl Edwards said, “Who knows how many lives we could save? Even if it's one, that's great.”
Edwards estimates at least 75% of damaging fires happen in homes without smoke detectors.
A simple device that could have saved the lives of four people who died in house fires within a week of each other.
Connell said, “It's one of the things you never think about. It's like a fire extinguisher in your home. You don't think about it until you need it. And if your smoke detector is not working, then it's not the time during the fire to realize it's not working.”
The department is now accepting monetary donations and donated smoke detectors to assist with their shortage.
Thomasville Firefighters will be setting up a booth at Lowe's this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., asking people to sign up if they need new batteries or new smoke detectors in their homes.
You can donate by dropping smoke detectors or batteries off at the Thomasville Fire Station at 100 South Crawford Street.
You can also send a check written out to Thomasville Professional Firefighters Association and mail it to P.O. Box 1540 Thomasville, GA 31799.