Hikind, Home Depot Team Up To Distribute Free Smoke Detectors To Community


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salFollowing the tragic fire that took the lives of seven children in Midwood, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and The Home Depot will be distributing free state-of-the-art smoke detectors today to members of the community who need them.

“When a disaster of this magnitude strikes the community, everyone is deeply affected,” said Hikind. “Following the shock and the profound sadness, our next response was to ask, ‘How can we help?’

“The Home Depot has stepped up by generously offering community members who need one a free smoke detector. These units will contain ten-year batteries. Together, we are encouraging everyone to have smoke detectors properly installed to protect their families, to check the batteries of these smoke detectors regularly to assure that they are working properly, and to take all necessary steps towards fire-prevention to ensure the safety of all of our loved ones.

“I was profoundly moved by the words of Mr. Sassoon at the memorial service for his children. Mr. Sassoon reminded all of us to love our children and to demonstrate that love. Taking the steps necessary to protect our homes—taking the time and effort and spending a few dollars—is the least we can do to demonstrate that love.

“The Home Depot has our community’s sincere thanks for taking the time, effort and expense to help protect lives.”

“It is an honor for The Home Depot to help make a difference,” said Steven Elkin, The Home Depot NY Metro Pro Manager. “We’re delighted to help the community,” added Ronald Oddo, The Home Depot District Manager, NY Metro.

(YWN Desk – NYC)


  1. Please give credit where credit is due. Who is paying for the “free” smoke detectors? If it is Home Depot, put that fact at the beginning of the article, not at the end. And why is a state assemblyman purporting to distribute these free life-saving devices? Anyone who wants a device – free or otherwise – can find Home Depot.

  2. #1: Tax is not something that can nixed by stores. To make something tax free without government approval the store still has to pay it. In the long run (from a business perspective) it is more cost efficient to give away smoke detectors for a limited period of time than to constantly pay the sales tax.

  3. Thank You Home Depot. I actually just bought ANOTHER one there yesterday. You can never be to safe. You can’t put a price on a life.

  4. #4, my intention was that at the state and city level it get removed and if their excuse were to be it would be unfair to stores, that, for the store is a quick fix.

  5. Dov Hikind is distributing smoke detectors? Home Depot its distributing them. Dov Hikind is smiling for the camera.