URI, Kingston Fire District and R.I. Fire Marshal's Office
to give away smoke detectors
to off-campus URI students
Donations from area businesses make program possible
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Jan. 18, 2001 -- The University of Rhode Island, Kingston
Fire District and Rhode Island Fire Marshal's Office will team up on Wednesday,
Jan. 24 to offer free smoke detectors to URI students who live down-the-line.
Following the spate of winter fires, local businesses donated smoke detectors
to the Fire Marshal's office so that local fire departments could hold open
houses and distribute smoke detectors to residents.
Because URI students were away on winter break when the Kingston Fire
District held its open house earlier this month, Fire Chief Nate Barrington,
Frank McGovern, director of URI's Department of Safety & Risk Management
and the fire marshal, decided to hold the student event on the 24th.
McGovern said the focus is getting the free detectors in the hands of
students who live in rental properties in Narragansett and South Kingstown.
It's all part of a fire safety day on the Kingston Campus and at the Kingston
Detectors will be distributed to students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in
the Memorial Union. At 4 p.m. at the Kingston Fire Station, fire district
and University officials will dedicate a new aerial platform truck capable
of reaching the highest buildings on campus. The truck will be on display
outside the Union during the detector giveaway.
"This is a combination of what the fire marshal has been doing
around the state, what the local department did in Kingston and what we
are doing for our off-campus residents," McGovern said.
"Students who live down-the-line don't have the benefit of the continuing
inspections we run in the residence halls," he added.
"The Department of Safety and Risk Management has a concern for
all our URI students, not just the ones living on campus. This is a student-focused
For Information: Frank McGovern 874-2618, Dave Lavallee