The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department currently has an ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross and have received a new allotment of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available for installation in the homes of tribal citizens.
It’s so important that you and your family have properly working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. On average seven people die every day from a home fire with another 36 people suffering injuries every day. These fires cost over $7 billion in property damage every year. Fires happen and they happen quickly. Can your family escape in just two minutes after a fire starts? The alert from your smoke or carbon monoxide detector can make all the difference.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that inhibits the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, a condition that can cause serious health problems, and even death, within a matter of minutes. The first symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning usually include headache, lightheadedness, dizziness and unexplained sleepiness. Having a properly functioning carbon monoxide detector could potentially help to save the life of you and your loved ones.
The Emergency Management Department is committed to keeping your family prepared for all types of emergencies. That’s why the department is providing and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in tribal households at no cost. If you are in need of this free service, please contact Emergency Management Director Nelson Andrews Jr at (508) 477-5800 x15 or Emergency Preparedness Specialist Allyssa Hathaway at (508) 477-5800 x13.