Grants Will Pay for Thousands of Smoke Alarms in Iowa

February 13, 2013

  • February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    Original bob says:
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    Think people not responsible enough to buy a $8 smoke alarm when they have kids in the home will buy a $3 new battery every year? Yeah,right.

  • February 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    Banana says:
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    This has to be the most ridiculous example of a Nanny State that I have ever seen! You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. They have/had the same program in Philadelphia and every time there’s a major fire the smoke detector either didn’t work or the battery had been taken out of it.

    Can the government just leave us all alone and let us run our own lives?

  • February 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    sham says:
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    A $300,000 grant to buy 11,600 smoke detectors means a cost of approximately $26 each. Funny, you can buy them at a big box store for under $5.00. And by the way, Washington does not have a spending problem? What a fraud and waste of taxpayer money!

  • February 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    Sherinae says:
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    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 for less than $2.
    So, if they have not invested that little in the detector, will they–as it has been posed-in fact invest in replacement batteries? Or is this grant going to supply those every year as well.[No one takes personal responsibility anymore.]
    This is just a political campaign for someone who can say look at what I did and who might actually talk themselves into feeling good about it.

  • February 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    Jane says:
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    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-outs. A very small minority of people who receive government benefits ever abuse them. Thousands of families in Iowa will be spared the decision of whether to spend the last of their money on the smoke detector, rent, groceries, gas, phone bills, etc. There will be thousands of very grateful mothers and fathers that will be resting a bit easier knowing they have a smoke detector in the home. Tax payer money is meant to help the community, and smoke alarms do help the community. When a smoke alarm goes off, a family has more time to evacuate the home, which helps the fire fighters protect themselves when they can avoid dangerous rescue missions. How selfish Americans can be to think that the fraction of a penny that they paid toward this is a waste when it will save lives.

  • February 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Missie says:
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    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. $5 is the gas to get your kids to school, to chip away at the phone/electric/heating/rent. Tax payer dollars are meant to make a community better and safer. When a smoke detector alerts a family of a fire, they are able to evacuate their home quicker, which means a faster response from fire fighters. This fast response will allow fire fighters to control the fire quicker, lessening the risk of it spreading. And since the smoke detector alerted the family, it makes it more likely that they can safely evacuate the home without injury. The safe evacuation of a family can save a fire fighter’s life by eliminating risky rescue attempts. 300k would be a tiny fraction of a percent of an individual’s taxes. The penny spent per person on this is well worth it, in my opinion.



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