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More than 400 free fire extinguishers distributed in Oneida County

Posted 11/7/22

The Oneida County Child Fatality Review Team distributed 432 free fire extinguishers to residents across Oneida County as part of National Fire Prevention Month in October.

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More than 400 free fire extinguishers distributed in Oneida County

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The Oneida County Child Fatality Review Team distributed 432 free fire extinguishers to residents across Oneida County as part of National Fire Prevention Month in October, according to County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

The fire extinguisher distribution initiative was funded through a $15,000 grant from the state Office of Children and Family Services, officials said. The fire extinguishers went to people who were caretakers for a child in some capacity.

“The safety of our children is something that cannot be compromised,” Picente said in a release.

“Our Child Fatality Review Team is helping to ensure that this vulnerable population is protected through initiatives like this. The distribution of these fire extinguishers will help encourage safety in the home and prevent needless injury and death.” 

The fire extinguishers were distributed with help from local fire departments, along with some fire prevention education literature. The Rome and Utica fire departments each received 100 extinguishers, while several volunteer departments received between 20 and 24. The Center in Utica received 52 fire extinguishers, and four went to the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network.

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