CCHS will host smoke detector giveaway

Published 3:49 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

FFA officers gear up for the smoke detector giveaway. Seated from left to right is Rett Russell and Zac Martin. Standing from left to right is Mason Easterling, Raegan Knight, Roshelle Alberts, Gabrielle Harris and Paul Shearon

Chilton County High School’s student organization Future Farmers of America (FFA) will hold its Fifth Annual Smoke Detector Giveaway on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the school auditorium lobby.

“Our FFA invites the public to take advantage of this giveaway,” FFA Advisor Marlon Harton said in a press release.

The FFA is a Career Tech organization of the Agriscience program at CCHS. The organization started giving away the smoke detectors in 2007 as a community service event in response to the efforts of the Clanton Fire Department and October being National Fire Prevention month.

FFA members wish to provide smoke detectors to as many homes as possible. The drive also generates awareness to everyone on the importance of installing smoke detectors along with the maintenance, such as changing batteries, of existing smoke detectors.

The CCHS FFA group has given out approximately 250 smoke detectors in the last four years.

“We would like to extend a special thanks to Walmart store manager Tyson Elrod and Clanton fire chief David Driver as well as the businesses responsible for making this effort possible,” Harton said.

A limited number of smoke detectors will be available on a first- come, first-served basis. The FFA will also hold a drawing for two home fire extinguishers and a carbon monoxide detector.

The winner’s name will be drawn from a list of people who go by CCHS on Oct. 20 and receive the smoke detectors.