Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Program

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As a result of the recent tragic Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning deaths of the three Troy children, members of the Citizens for a Better Piqua, and staff from the Piqua Fire Department and Piqua Police Department saw a critical need to advocate awareness of CO poisoning in the City of Piqua. The goal of our CO Detector Program is to provide a smoke/CO detector to Piqua residents that have an appliance in their homes that is fueled with natural gas or propane and/or has an attached garage. Residents receiving the smoke/CO detectors are also provided educational material on the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, and the proper maintenance of the detectors. This is not a mass distribution program, but an educational program stressing the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In addition to the critical need to educate the residents of Piqua on CO poisoning, the Piqua Police Department, Piqua Fire Department, and the Citizens for a Better Piqua also initiated the Piqua CO Detector Program to show their generosity to Piqua citizens for supporting the Safety Levy that passed last year.

Many local organizations and individuals came together to assist us with raising the funds to purchase smoke/CO Detectors to distribute to Piqua residents. The following organizations and individuals provided funding to the CO Detector Program:

• Allan and Marcea Rismiller
• Mutual Federal Savings
• Peggy Henthorn/Miami Valley Centre Mall
• Piqua Community Foundation
• Piqua Neighborhood Improvement Inc.
• Piqua Optimist Club
• Richard A. Donnelly
• VFW Post 4874
• VFW Post 4874 – Auxiliary
• Walmart

The Salvation Army of Piqua is serving as the point of contact for residents to call to request a smoke/CO Detector. Piqua residents can still qualify for a new CO/smoke detector by contacting them at 937-773-7563 to pre-qualify. We are encouraging both owner/occupied residents and tenants to register for the FREE smoke/CO detector. When residents call to request a detector they will be asked the following questions:

• Resident Name
• Property Address
• Phone #
• Do you own or rent the property?
• Do you already have a CO detector in your home?
• Do you have an attached garage?
• Do you have gas or propane fuel?
• What types of appliances are ran with the gas/propane fuel?

The Salvation Army will forward the requests onto volunteers from the Piqua Fire Department who will go to each property and install the detectors. This is being done versus just handing them out to ensure that they are being properly installed. Each homeowner will receive educational information on CO poisoning and proper maintenance of the detectors.

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