Kentucky fire officials announce partnership with smoke detector company

The state Division of Fire Protection on Tuesday announced a partnership with a North Carolina smoke detector company and the Pike County Firefighters Association to install 250 smoke detectors in homes throughout Pike County.

The initiative was spurred by the deaths of a father and his four children this month in a Pike County home that did not have a working smoke detector, said Dick Brown, spokesman for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet.

The Kidde Co., located in Mebane, N.C., manufactures fire safety products including smoke detectors, a news release said.

Kidde Co. is giving the smoke detectors to the Pike County Firefighters Association for distribution and installation.

The association will work with Pike County Schools to identify households that need smoke detectors, the press release said.