Home Builders Donate Carbon Monoxide Detectors
AHBA partners with AFD to protect Alaskans by offering free detectors
(Anchorage) – Starting today, hundreds of Anchorage families can pick up a free carbon monoxide detector through a donation by the Anchorage Home Builders Association (AHBA). The Home Builders Care Endowment donated 500 carbon monoxide detectors to the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) which will be offered free to the public.
“Anchorage is a close-knit community and we felt we could help improve the health and safety of our neighbors by increasing accessibility to carbon monoxide detectors,” said Traci Johnson, chair of the Anchorage Home Builders Care Endowment.
The Anchorage area recently saw two high profile cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, including the death of an Anchorage teenager. In both cases, detectors were in the homes but were not working. Every year, AFD responds to hundreds of carbon monoxide calls.
“By partnering with the experts at the Anchorage Fire Department, we hope to encourage people to take a closer look at the safety systems in their homes and make sure they are working, and if they’re not, we encourage people to pick up a detector,” said Johnson.
AFD will make 300 detectors available to the public at Fire Station 1, available for pick up on Monday, March 13, 2017. AFD will keep 200 detectors to be placed on emergency vehicles to install in residences found without working detectors.