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Hidalgo County Precinct 4 amps up fire safety after fatal Edinburg blaze

In an effort to prevent fire accidents, Precinct 4 gave out free smoke alarms to residents on Thursday and residents say they feel safer knowing that they’ll finally have the detectors in their homes.

It's been two weeks since the lives of a mother and her two children were taken away from a tragic fire in Edinburg.

In an effort to prevent fire accidents, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 gave out free smoke alarms to residents on Thursday. Residents say they feel safer knowing that they’ll finally have the detectors in their homes.

"Especially with the information that we received, now I feel prepared that I can explain what's the best thing to do to have smoke detectors in our homes,” said resident of Precinct 4, Elizabeth Verdin.

Before the smoke alarms were distributed, residents sat through an installation and fire safety training with the American Red Cross. Residents say the cost and installation of fire alarms was one of the biggest reasons why residents never had them in the first place. Others, however, never understood the importance of having the safety devices in their home.

"A lot of people live in mobile homes and most of the families don't know about smoke detectors,” said Emma Alaniz, also a resident of Precinct 4.

The fire alarms handed to residents are very easy to install. All it takes is placing the base of the alarm on a wall, nailing it down with two bolts and then placing the main alarm on top.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios said these installation sessions are educating the community.

"A lot of the community is obviously realizing that it plays a fundamental key role in assuring that we give a significant warning to any potential fire,” said Palacios.

As Palacios continues to advocate for fire protection, residents are taking what they learned and spreading awareness.

If you’re interested in obtaining a fire alarm, you can visit the San Carlos Community Resource Center.

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