AHBA Care Endowment Donates Carbon Monoxide Detectors to the Anchorage Fire Department
Free carbon monoxide detectors are available to Alaskans through a donation by the Anchorage Home Builders Association’s Care Endowment. The Care Endowment donated 500 carbon monoxide detectors to the Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Firefighters’ Local 1264.
AFD and AHBA will distribute the free alarms at all Anchorage fire stations beginning Friday, Jan. 5, 2023, through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2023. Alarms are available while supplies last, on a first- come basis. They are intended to be used in single-family homes. There’s a two-per-house limit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency room every year due to accidental CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and deadly. Tragically, at least 430 people die every year from CO poisoning. A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed on each level of the home. They should be tested regularly, and batteries changed annually.
“A properly functioning carbon monoxide alarm is critical for alerting your family to the presence of carbon monoxide and keeping your loved ones safe,” said Jason Dolph, AFD spokesperson. “As members of the homebuilding industry we play an important role in creating community but we’re not just interested in building them. The Care Endowment is committed to doing our part to protect our neighbors and serve their needs through charitable contributions and volunteer efforts,” said Sally Dial, AHBA Care Endowment.
The AHBA Care Endowment fuels AHBA’s mission through charitable contributions and driving volunteer efforts to help Alaskans in need of safe, healthy housing. The Care Endowment has donated over $800,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours over 20 years in service to the Anchorage community. It’s funded solely through generous contributions from AHBA members.