Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Fire Educators Help Citizens With Smoke Alarms

March 12, 2020

Fire Educators with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services spend their time each year educating citizens, young and old alike, about the importance of fire safety. Each year, the educators work throughout the county visiting children at elementary and pre-schools teaching fire safety, however, they are also available to assist the older citizens, too.

Today, Fire Educators, Beth Elder and Kevin Bruce, visited the home of Alice and Burt Clark who live off Bells Ferry Road in Canton.  The Clarks contacted the fire department seeking assistance with their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.  According to Elder, “We come in and we have a questionnaire that we ask them to fill out and then we check all of their smoke and CO alarms to make sure they haven’t expired and we also check the batteries and replace them if necessary.  We also ask them if they have a fire safety escape plan and if they have practiced it, plus, we ask if they have a safe meeting place to go to in case of a fire.”

The Clarks were very appreciative about the fire educators visiting their home. “I think it’s an excellent program and that’s why I’m trying to institute it here among our community because most of the people that live here are over 55 years of age,” stated Alice Clark.

Fire safety educators also conduct training, provide lectures and fire safety demonstrations for homeowner associations, businesses and senior centers free of charge, too.

If you are interested in having our fire educators speak to your group or if you need help changing batteries, inspecting existing alarms or need a smoke alarm contact the Cherokee County Fire Marshal’s Office at 678-493-6290.

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Fire educators Kevin Bruce (left) and Beth Elder (right) assist Alice and Burt Clark with their smoke alarms.
Fire educators Kevin Bruce (left) and Beth Elder (right) assist Alice and Burt Clark with their smoke alarms. (click image for slideshow)
Fire educator, Beth Elder, goes over some questions with Alice Clark.
Fire educator, Beth Elder, goes over some questions with Alice Clark.
Fire Educator, Kevin Bruce, replaces the batteries in on of the Clark's smoke alarms.
Fire Educator, Kevin Bruce, replaces the batteries in on of the Clark's smoke alarms.
Fire Educator, Kevin Bruce, gives Alice Bruce some additional tips about fire safety.
Fire Educator, Kevin Bruce, gives Alice Bruce some additional tips about fire safety.