When Belmont High School’s football team travels to Watertown this Thanksgiving for a football game, more will be on the line than just the game.
Captain Ken Gardiner, Fire Inspector with the Belmont Fire Department, and Captain Ryan Nicholson, Fire Inspector with the Watertown Fire Department, agreed on a wager after being approached by Kidde, a manufacturer of smoke alarms based in Mebane, NC, the fire inspectors announced.
The wager is simple: The winning fire department will receive 50 smoke alarms
and the losing department will receive 25 alarms. The inspector of the losing town will install smoke alarms in their community wearing the football jersey of the winning team’s school.
Both inspectors also agreed that the alarms will be installed in high-risk homes (elderly and low-income). The Kidde smoke alarms being donated feature a sealed 10-year battery which eliminates the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarm.
October 8-14 was observed as Fire Prevention Week throughout the United States.
Families are urged to replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years and to develop and practice an escape plan with their families.