Spare change at mall pays for free smoke detectors

TAYLOR —The Fire Department is making 300 new smoke detectors available at no cost to city residents, thanks to the generosity of holiday shoppers at the Southland Center.


Southland gathered about $1,100 in coins tossed into its three fountains over a three-month period. The funds, which are turned over to charity on a regular basis, were given this time to the Fire Department, which purchased the smoke detectors.


Keith Molini, operations manager for General Growth Properties Inc., said the coins were gathered from fountains in the Center Court, near Best Buy and in the West Court near Olga’s Restaurant.


“Southland is making the donation, but it’s actually our customers who did it,” Molini said. “People who toss their change into the fountain should be pleased to know that the money is going toward such a life-saving cause.”


Taylor Fire Marshal John Hager said each home should have at least one smoke detector on every level of the house. He said batteries should be checked regularly and smoke detectors should be changed every 10 years.


“We were out of them,” Hager said.”This was perfect timing being the cold weather season.”


He thanked Southland staff and mall customers for their generosity. Molini called the smoke detector giveaway a “great program” and said Southland would be glad to participate annually.


Residents interested in a free smoke detector should visit the Midtown Fire Station, 23345 Goddard Road, while supplies last.