By Marshall Dunham
On Saturday, Oct. 24, volunteers from Pagosa Springs Rotary, the Red Cross and Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) will be performing free smoke detector maintenance in the western half of the Vista subdivision.
This event is part of the Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
According to the Red Cross website, the five-year campaign is “intended to reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries due to fire in the U.S. by 25 percent.” This is the second year of the campaign.
The volunteers will be going door-to-door and installing free smoke detectors and batteries on Saturday. The smoke detectors are supplied by the Red Cross, with the batteries being supplied by Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County.
Volunteers will leaflet the area around 10 a.m. the day before the sweep, or Oct. 23, to inform and remind residents of the project.
This will be the second residential sweep volunteers have performed this year. The first sweep took place Sept. 27, with leaflets being handed out to residents three days prior, on Sept. 24.
During the first sweep, volunteers installed 60 smoke detectors and 25 fresh batteries.
“I think it’s an excellent effort.” said Randy Larson, assistant chief for the PFPD. Larson went on to compliment the volunteers on the work they’ve done.