Odessa's Fire Department Promotes Safer Practices 7/13/13
CBS 7 News
Last weeks fire that killed four in a mobile home park on Hereford Street took nearby residents by surprise. Reports stated the mobile home didn't have any smoke alarms installed.
Once the Odessa Fire Department got word of this, they went to same neighborhood where the fire broke out and discovered many of the neighbors were also without fire alarms.
"Since that was such a terrible incident and it was a mobile home park where other homes are in close proximity, we wanted to make sure that they were well protected," said Fire Marshal Detra White.
White and her team installed nine smoke alarms in homes around Hereford Road at no cost.
"Now I can actually sleep better at night knowing that we do have fire alarms in the house," said neighbor Lilly Hood.
Ten-year-old neighbor Maria Esther Anaya said, "This morning we were cooking some toast in the stove and it just got burned and the alarms went off. "
Even though the fire department is installing the alarms White told us that this is only one step in better protecting yourself from a fire.
White said, ôSmoke alarms are designed to wake you up in the middle of the night but you must have an escape plan."
If you or your family want assistance in creating an escape plan or are in need of a smoke alarm the Odessa Fire Officials urge you to contact the fire department at 432-257-0518.
Don't forget to check your smoke alarms at least once a month to make sure they are working properly.