Mission offers free smoke detectors to residents

The story of 91-year-old Bob Hensley, a Mission resident who survived a house fire thanks to the smoke detector in his home, has prompted the Mission fire department to remind residents the department is offering smoke detectors to those that need them.

The smoke detector program is available to Mission residents with a limit of three detectors per household. Firefighters would go to the residence and install the detectors free of charge, according to Captain Christopher Navarrete.

The city partnered with the Texas Department of Insurance for the free smoke detectors.

“Today’s modern homes, believe it or not, burn down much faster than our older, legacy homes,” Navarrete said, explaining that furniture used today tend to be made from synthetic materials that burn much faster. “Given that, it’s much more important to have a smoke detector; a smoke detector will detect the fires sometimes before flames even show.”

The fire department currently has about 120 detectors available to give out, though Navarrete said they expect to receive more in the fall.

Those interested simply need to call (956) 580-8711, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.