Program available for residents

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By The Staff

State Farm Co. has presented the Las Vegas Fire Department with a $7,000 grant.

This grant is part of the charitable efforts of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and State Farm Companies Foundation called the “Good Neighbor Citizenship,” according to a press release.

The foundation concentrates on disaster prevention and recovery services. The use of this grant is for the establishment of the Las Vegas Fire Department’s Fire Safety Community Outreach Program, which started Tuesday.

Money from the grant went toward the purchase of 250 kitchen fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, along with literature and a video on fire prevention in the home.

This program is a non-income dependent program and all citizens are encouraged to participate.

Kitchen fire extinguishers and smoke detectors will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents are asked to come by the Las Vegas Fire Department at 604 Legion Drive at 2 or 6 p.m. Thursdays or Fridays to fill out an information form. They will then view a 15-minute video on fire safety in the home. After viewing the video, they will receive one free kitchen fire extinguisher and one smoke detector for use in their homes. Elderly and handicapped individuals that may not be able to go to the fire station may have a guardian fill out a form for them.

A time will be scheduled for fire personnel to go to the home of the elderly or handicapped individuals and explain the use of the kitchen extinguisher and smoke detector.

Currently, the Las Vegas Fire Department goes to elementary schools through out the city on an annual basis to educate children on fire safety at home. This has proven to be beneficial, the press release states. The intention with the Fire Safety Community Outreach Program is to educate adults in fire prevention in the home.