The Great Smoke Detector Giveaway, in its second year, has now distributed 1,200 early-detection smoke alarms with the sole purpose of saving lives.

Community Foundation of the Lake and Farmers Insurance gave away more than 650 smoke detectors to protect lives of families at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Great Smoke Detector Giveaway, in its second year, has now distributed 1,200 early-detection smoke alarms with the sole purpose of saving lives. 

CFL and Farmers partner with local fire departments at the grass-roots level to provide valuable one-on-one education about prevention and action in cases of fire. Fire districts have also been offering to install detectors for families in need of assistance. 

“The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District did an incredible job helping to organize and providing resources for our last giveaway on July 15 at Woods Supermarket in Sunrise Beach,” CFL Board Member Rick Kruse said. “Our first event last year in Osage Beach was so successful, Community Foundation of the Lake decided to bring it to the West Side of the Lake.”

While the event was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the volunteers were already inundated an hour early with families in need of detectors. After four hours the palettes emptied with 650 smoke detectors distributed.  

Plans are already moving forward to bring the next smoke detector giveaway to the Camdenton area.

“We’ve been fortunate for the financial support from Farmers Insurance, which has allowed CFL to distribute the detectors free of charge to the public,” Kruse said. “Every person requesting a free smoke detector received one and 85% of the 647 smoke detectors stayed local in homes across the Lake area,” Kruse said. 

To date, Farmers has contributed $20,000 to the effort through the CFL Disaster Recovery Fund. 

In the spirit of preparedness, CFL is leading the charge locally to raise awareness of its Disaster Recovery Fund. While Farmers Insurance works proactively to prepare families to survive during disaster, CFL is raising funds to support the local community when victimized by unexpected and catastrophic events. 

The CFL Disaster Recovery Fund was created to receive financial donations to assist in readiness and relief efforts, efficiently addressing many needs should a disaster occur — whether large or small in scope. This Recovery Fund allows flexibility for recovery efforts that might not otherwise be available from the government or volunteers. 

“It’s CFL’s goal to make sure local people in need do not fall through the cracks after being victimized by disaster,” CFL President Amanda Fagan said.