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Fire protection aids may assist Meeks Bay homeowners

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Meeks Bay residents now have access to extra precautions to help fire and safety personnel find homes more quickly.

Meeks Bay Fire Station on Highway 89 houses a “safety store,” which sells bicycle and ski helmets, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and now, 9-1-1 strobe lights.

As the newest technology in home safety, the strobe lights connect to a telephone line and begin flashing outside the residence when 9-1-1 has been dialed.

“It’s important because a lot of homes have house numbers in places you can’t see very easily,” said Meeks Bay Fire Protection District board president Ed Miller. “The faster we find you, especially with heart attack and stroke victims, it significantly increases [chances of] survival.”

The lights make it very clear to fire personnel exactly which home is awaiting emergency service, Miller said.

The strobe lights go for a suggested donation of $55. Additionally, children and adult bike helmets run $10 and ski helmets cost $25.

The fire district also has 100 free smoke alarms for people over age 65 or for families with children younger than 5-years-old.

“We recommend a smoke detector in each room and in each hall on each floor of a house,” Miller said.

Carbon monoxide detectors run $30 and are particularly important in the winter when residents use wood burning stoves.

Find the “safety store” at the Meeks Bay Fire Station at 8041 Emerald Bay Road (Highway 89) in Meeks Bay.