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2/9/2011 - Hamilton to Promote Fire Safety and Distribute Fire Detectors at Upcoming Event

(Hamilton) – Since the end of December, Hamilton Township witnessed three major fires of residential homes.  The first occurred during the nighttime hours at three homes on Lynwood Avenue and the second on Foreman Drive in Hamilton Square, which resulted in the loss of one Hamiltonian – Andrea Preston and one East Windsor resident Karl Knamm with two additional serious injuries.  The third, only days later, caused major damage to a home on Dark Leaf Drive, in the vicinity of the Gropp’s Lake/Whitehorse area of the community where a family of seven were displaced. 


These recent events have led Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo to take a proactive measure to help promote fire safety throughout the community.  On Wednesday, February 16th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the HamStat Call Center’s Training Room (inside the Hamilton Golf Center, located at 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way in Hamilton), Mayor Bencivengo, the Township’s Department of Health, Recreation and Senior Services and representatives from Hamilton’s local fire districts will distribute free fire/smoke detectors and 9 volt batteries to Hamilton residents who need their batteries changed.  Because the event is a courtesy to Hamilton residents, proof of residency (i.e. a valid New Jersey driver’s license) is required. 


Thanks to the help of all Hamilton’s local fire districts, who will supply the fire/smoke detectors, residents can receive a free device (1 per family/household) while supplies last.  Additionally, attendees will be provided with helpful fire safety tips, be able to meet with local fire district officials, and listen to a “Stop, Drop and Roll” demonstration.  Children  can see a fire truck that will be on display, meet one fire company’s mascot fire dog, receive a special children’s fire safety giveaway bag (while supplies last) and pick up some 911 stickers. Fire officials remind our residents to change their batteries every six months and have a planned exit strategy in the event a fire breaks out in their home.


“I hope that residents will join us for this special fire safety event and learn about how they can increase the safety of themselves and their families,” says Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.  “Together, we can help promote fire safety and keep Hamilton Township a safe – community of neighborhoods.”