Local farmer Charles Niemann knows the importance of volunteer fire protection, and chose Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department when given the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to a non-profit organization through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
With the $2,500 donation, the fire department was able to cover operating costs, such as fuel and maintenance, which led to other benefits for the department and the community.
“With the operating costs covered by the donation the department was able to equip another truck with the extra money in the budget,” said Trace Claybrook, assistant chief.
As we observe Fire Prevention Month in October, Claybrook reminds us to thank the local volunteers who strive to keep our community safe and to inspect our homes for possible fire hazards by following these safety tips:
1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home if you haven’t done so already, and test it monthly.
2. Prevent electrical fires by checking outlets and unplugging any unused appliances. Avoid overloading extension cords or circuits, and secure any loose electrical connections.
3. As we move into the winter months, provide sufficient space around portable heaters, and inspect chimneys and fireplaces.
4. Create an escape route with your family and practice it often. Make sure everyone knows what the safe meeting place will be outside the home in case of an emergency.
5. Blow out all burning candles when leaving a room and never leave a child alone in a room where a candle is burning. Also, remember to keep lighters and matches in a locked cabinet out of a child’s reach.
For a rural community, $2,500 can go a long way to providing organizations such as Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department with the tools they need to keep their communities safe. Visit www.growcommunities.com to learn more about America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
The program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society, and sign-ups for this year’s program are going on now.
From now through Nov. 30, farmers can apply online at www.growcommunities.com or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone.