Grants Will Pay for Thousands of Smoke Alarms in Iowa

February 13, 2013

The state fire marshal plans to join with firefighters from around Iowa to announce two grants totaling nearly $300,000 that will fund the purchase and installation of smoke alarms.

State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds will announce the $245,000 federal smoke alarm grant and a $50,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

Reynolds says it’s his goal that every Iowa child grow up in a home with a smoke alarm.

The announcement will be made at a Casey’s General Stores warehouse in Ankeny. The business has helped the effort by letting officials make use of its statewide distribution network to deliver smoke alarms to firefighters across the state.

The grants ultimately will pay for more than 11,600 smoke alarms in 2013.

Latest Comments

  • February 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Missie says:
    I'm happy for the thousands of mothers and fathers who can rest with the comfort of knowing they have a smoke detector in the home. For less fortunate families, $5 means a lot... read more
  • February 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    Jane says:
    I think this is a wonderful way to spend tax dollars. I'd rather have my tax dollars help prevent fire related injury and death than go to drone attacks and corporate bail-out... read more
  • February 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    Sherinae says:
    I think the money would have been better spent installing fire hydrants or adding additional personel. I have actually found UL approved smoke detectors at the local "$" store... read more
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