The Spirit of Giving: The Gift of Fire Safety
If you need fire safety equipment for your home this winter but missed the Weirton Fire Department’s Fire Safety Day on October 27, don’t worry – your city fire department has got your back.
There are still residential fire extinguishers and smoke detectors available at the Gilson Avenue Fire Station, free of charge while supplies last. All residents need to bring is a valid form of ID.
The free extinguisher giveaway in October featured an entire day of fire safety education for Weirton families. Aside from the giveaway, the department also offered interactive fire extinguisher training. Sparky the Fire Dog was on hand, as was a children’s fire safety trailer.
By the end of the day, 146 households took home their fire safety gear and the knowledge of how to operate it. This included a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a carbon monoxide detector.
This giveaway and program was made possible by a $5,600 community investment grant from ArcelorMittal and donations from Weirton Medical Center, Lowe’s, members of the Weirton Firefighters IAFF Local 948, and the City of Weirton.
“This started as a small program, but it quickly became a huge community event,” Weirton Fire Chief Jerry Shumate said.
The Weirton Fire Department wishes all the families of Weirton a safe and happy holiday season.