Western Taney County Fire District receives donation of 1,000 smoke alarms from Hollister Lowe’s

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – Tuesday, the Western Taney County Fire District received a donation of 1,000 smoke alarms from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Hollister.

Western Taney County Fire Chief Chris Berndt tells KY3 firefighters will take COVID-19 precautions when installing hundreds of the donated smoke alarms into homes.

“This allows us, to people that can’t afford to have working smoke alarms in the house, that we can assure that they can get one,” Berndt said.

Chris Berndt said about one-fourth of the house fires they respond don’t have a working smoke alarm.

“What a smoke alarm does is converts a smell to a sound and hopefully you get woke up and you have maybe a few precious moments to get out of the burning building,“ he said, describing smoke alarms as the last line of defense against a house fire.

Lowe’s Hollister Branch Manager Mike Mitchell said

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