BENTON COUNTY, WA - Deputies are knocking on doors, checking to see if people have smoke alarms and handing them out if they don't.
Benton County Sheriff's Deputies have already visited a number of homes in mobile home parks - of which, Sheriff Jerry Hatcher says, just ten percent had smoke alarms installed. They're going to visit even more this weekend.
Deputies along with several businesses in the area were able to collect about five hundred smoke alarms that will be given out. Sheriff Hatcher says even though there is a limited amount, it's not going to stop him from giving everybody who needs one a smoke alarm.
"I'm not going to run out; I don't care what we have to do. I have the Sheriff's Office Foundation that is willing to buy them," said Sheriff Hatcher with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. "You are right there, you are standing in front of them, and you have them to give. It makes it very easy to make sure that at least you give the smoke detector into the house and hopefully get it installed and maintained so that they can save lives."
This initiative started after several deaths resulted from fires in homes that did not have smoke alarms installed.
Deputies and volunteers will be handing out smoke alarms this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Benton City.
BENTON COUNTY, WA - Sheriff Jerry Hatcher and volunteers went around mobile home parks in Benton County Saturday knocking on doors to provide homeowners with education on the importance of smoke alarms.
The group found a lot of homes without smoke alarms or others that had smoke alarms that didn't work.
With the help of the Benton County Sheriff Foundation, local businesses and community members today they were able to provide free smoke alarms and new batteries to those in need.
Sheriff's Hatcher goal is simply to help prevent tragedies in the case of a fire.
The group will be out again over the next several weekends contacting mobile home parks, offering free smoke alarms, batteries and assistance installing the smoke alarms.
If you or someone you know in Benton County needs smoke alarms, contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (509)735-6555.
There are other smoke alarm programs through city and county fire agencies as well as the American Red Cross who provide free smoke alarms and installation.