Alabama Governor Kay Ivey along with other state and local officials announced on yesterday a new initiative that would both educate and equip Alabamians to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives. According to Ivey, the new partnership, Let’s Get Alarmed Alabama, came about after the success of a similar program in Montgomery. Throughout the past year, the Montgomery Fire and Rescue have partnered with the Montgomery EMA, local military volunteers, and several local non-profits to distribute and install 20,000 smoke detectors to households throughout Montgomery County. The project was funded by anonymous donors that gave to a local charity group, InTouch Inc. “In many instances when you’ve had a home fire, smoke detectors have actually saved lives,” said Ivey. So far this year, the state has already seen 19 fire fatalities. Officials believe this program will be a game changer and will help give smoke detectors to residents who otherwise, wouldn’t have them. The state will distribute approximately 300,000 smoke detectors free of charge. Residents who are interested in receiving a free smoke detector can call, 1-800-241 2467.