The deep cold of Maine winters can be tough to take on many levels, and with the cold weather comes an increased risk of home fires. Recent news stories show just how quickly tragedy can strike. This winter, two of our most active community members, Patrick and Stacey Linehan, are stepping up to make RSU 18 students and their families a little safer.
The Linehans, through Modern Woodmen, have purchased 265 good quality smoke detectors, with batteries included. These will be distributed to all RSU 18 3rd graders and Atwood 2nd graders.
“Stacey and I devised this initiative to educate and empower students about fire safety and the importance of devising an exit plan,” said Linehan. “We also want to help form a sense of community in our district by working together with other groups, and hopefully preventing or reducing the devastation of a house fire.”
The RSU 18 administrative team responded enthusiastically to the idea when Linehan presented it to them last week. Distribution of the smoke alarms and informational material will take place before February break and will be accompanied by a fire safety presentation conducted by local Fire Department members.
The project is funded through Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, with cooperative consideration with Maine Fire Equipment and Supply of Skowhegan and our local Fire Departments. Supporting educational material was provided by the US Fire Administration in Emmitsburg Maryland.