101 Town Center, P.O. Box 5655, Bella Vista, AR 72714 (479)876-1255

BVFD to partner with American Red Cross for smoke detector campaign

If you live off Hampstead Road, you might get a knock on the door from a fireman Saturday, August 25.

The Bella Vista Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Bella Vista Lions Club for a smoke detector and fire preparedness education campaign in Bella Vista.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 25, volunteers with the Lions Club and the Red Cross, along with BVFD personnel, will canvas homes in a specified area to check for working smoke detectors and deliver general fire preparedness information.

Personnel will begin at Hampstead Road and Lancashire Boulevard, and canvas homes along Hampstead Road and side streets west toward Wellington Road. Homes without smoke detectors or with malfunctioning or inadequate units will be provided up to three new smoke detectors, which will be installed on site. There will be about 100 units available, and the campaign will continue throughout the morning until all smoke detectors have been distributed.

If you live in that area and know your home does not have working smoke detectors, you may call the American Red Cross at 870-918-8935 to notify personnel ahead of time.

Fire Chief Steve Sims said this particular location was chosen because these homes are some of the oldest in the city, and the most likely not to have working smoke detectors.

“The houses along Hampstead Road were built for the most part in the late 60s to early 70s, and it is not uncommon for older homes to have inoperable smoke detectors,” Sims said. “During a fire, smoke detectors will be your first alert there is an issue.”

For more information, call Sims at 479-855-8248.