CONYERS, Ga -- As we reflect on Wednesday's tragedy in Conyers, where four children died in a house fire, a number one priority for all of us is being prepared, taking every precaution to insure our safety.
The two most important things to staying safe in your home: having an escape plan and having a working smoke alarm.
The first of 5,000 free smoke alarms arranged by the 11Alive Help Desk and from First Alert were delivered Thursday to the Rockdale County Fire/Rescue Headquarters. It's the County where the tragic fire that took the lives of 4 small children took place.
Conyers homeowner Sadie Mitchell heard about the fire and wasn't sure if the one smoke alarm she had in the house even worked.
"It's very important to have one--more than one if you can afford it," Mitchell said.
When she found it they were free she was thrilled.
Mitchell, like many other homeowners, is now contacting their local fire stations to arrange for free units and installation.
It didn't take long after Mitchell contacted Rockdale Fire Rescue, that they were at her front door to scrap her old unit and install three new ones.
"I am thrilled to death that just in case something happens I will hear something all over my house," she said.
Once you get the free smoke alarms it's important to properly activate the battery, and then test the unit to make sure the unit is responding.
At least once a year, be sure to replace the battery.
And while thinking about important life saving measures, go over your home escape plan at least 4 times a year to insure it's up to date.