A donation of about 300 smoke detectors will mean safer homes for people in Faulkner County, Capt. Mike Rhoades said Friday.

"Smoke detectors are about your only line of defense at night," Rhoades said.

For the fourth year, Lowe’s has donated hundreds of detectors that the fire department can give away to people who need them, said Brenda Brown, assistant store manager. Those detectors end up saving lives, firefighters said.

Rhoades said the family who escaped a house fire near Hobby Lobby last year was warned by smoke detectors that were acquired through the fire department’s Fire Prevention Program, which gives away the smoke detectors that Lowe’s donated. No one was injured in the blaze.

"There’s a lot of families out there right now who don’t have smoke detectors, and they have little kids," Brown said.

Lowe’s wants to help protect the community, assistant store manager Darrell Thomas said.

Getting a smoke detector is great timing because daylight saving time begins Saturday, Rhoades said. With the time change, people should install new batteries and make sure smoke detectors are working. People who need a detector can get one for free from the fire department and get help installing it.

Fire education, precautions and detectors save lives, said Kenny Wiedower, division chief with the Conway Fire Department.

"We want to get smoke detectors in everyone’s homes," Wiedower said.

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