The Ellsworth Fire Department recently received a donation of 250 smoke alarms from the local Home Depot store, after the store won them as a result of strong smoke alarm sales last year. ELLSWORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire department gets donation of smoke alarms to share with community

ELLSWORTH — A strong showing in smoke alarm sales last year resulted in a local home supply store receiving hundreds of the devices as a prize — which were in turn donated to the city’s fire department to help get them out into the hands of residents.

Ellsworth Home Depot manager Joshua Kelsey said the Myrick Street store saw the third highest year-to-year increase in smoke alarm sales last year among all of the company’s stores in North America.

That was due in large part, he said, to Witham Family Hotels replacing all of the smoke alarms in all of its hotels. The company owns a dozen local hotels, nine on Mount Desert Island and three in Ellsworth.

Kiddie, a manufacturer of home safety equipment including smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, runs a contest that rewards stores that see increases in certain sales categories.

As a result of the Ellsworth store’s third-place finish, Kiddie sent 250 free smoke alarms. The local store then donated them to the Ellsworth Fire Department, which Fire Chief Richard Tupper said is appreciated.

“Smoke alarms are your first defense in the event of a fire emergency in your home,” he said.

The fire department will get the smoke alarms to area residents in several ways. One is that it works with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to give a smoke alarm to the family of each baby born at the hospital, so that there will be at least one working alarm in the baby’s home.

Another way the alarms are given out is if firefighters respond to a call at a home that does not have a working smoke alarm, in which case they will ask the owner’s permission to install a new one.

Also, the department will keep a supply of alarms on hand at the fire station below City Hall and give one to anyone who cannot afford to purchase one. Firefighters will also offer to install those, if the person is interested.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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