One-hundred and forty-four years ago America experienced two terrible fire events, both taking place on the same day. On October 8, 1871 what is now known as the Great Chicago Fire, a blaze that erupted in a barn or shed (origin unconfirmed) led to the deaths of more than 250 people, left more than 100,000 homeless, and burned more than three square miles over a two-day period. Also on October 8th, but in Northeast Wisconsin, the Peshtigo Fire became what would become the most devastating forest fire in all of American history. It burned through numerous towns, reportedly killed 1,500 people, but possibly as many as 2,500, and scorched over one-million acres before it ended.
The survivors of these incidents retained the terrible memories, and the blazes changed the way public officials thought about fire safety. Forty years following the fires, the (now) International Fire Marshals Association led the charge to commemorate the events not with festivities but with learning opportunities to better ensure these events never repeat. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Nation Fire Prevention Day and since 1922 a full week has been recognized.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week Slogan is “Hear the BEEP, Where You SLEEP; Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”. The importance of this year’s message is due to half of all home fire deaths occurring between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am; a quarter of all home fires beginning in the bedroom; and three of five home fire deaths occurring in a home without a working smoke/fire detector. A best practice for safe sleeping is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every level of your home. It’s all about the location when it comes to smoke alarms, and the more the better.
Additional information on National Fire Prevention Week can be found by visiting firepreventionweek.org.
Pineland Technology Solutions is proud to announce its recent purchase of Southeastern Alarm & Technologies. This purchase, which officially took place on July 17th, will bring to the area a combined effort of security, alarm, and smart home and office possibilities for commercial and residential locations featuring the latest in technology.
Formerly owned and operated by Lewis Spivey and Arthur Allen, Southeastern Alarm & Technologies built a sterling reputation for providing the latest technology to its customers along with top-notch customer service. This teaming will allow seasoned experts in security, alarm, and smart technology even greater efficiencies in job productivity and customer satisfaction. Maintaining a regional call center and now offering three payment and service inquiry locations, current clients will experience a seamless transition as the two entities begin work together as Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company.
“A great amount of study and cooperation took place in order for this acquisition to come to fruition and we are certain the union will be positive for customers, employees, and the communities in which we serve. We look forward to working with the entire Southeastern Alarm team to achieve just that,” says Dustin Durden, general manager of Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company offers customers and interested patrons three offices from which to obtain information, drop off payments, or pick up small service items. They can visit the Pineland offices at 30 S Rountree Street in Metter, 708 Northside Drive East, Suite 106 in Statesboro, or the newly opened office in Swainsboro at 425 S Main Street. The company can be reached via phone at (912) 685-2059 or (888) 963-FIRE and on the web at www.southeastFBalarm.com.
Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company joined the Pineland family of companies in 2009. SEFB offers commercial and residential state-of-the-art security and alarm systems as well as smart home and office technology. The team of Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm has provided complete security solutions since 1999.