"We are dedicated to saving lives by promoting public awareness and education for having working smoke detectors in every home."
On December 27, 2001 the 9 year old niece of Founder/President Andrea Routh died in a house fire, four days before her tenth birthday while spending the night at a friends house. The cause of the fire has gone undetermined, however, the cause of her death was smoke inhalation.
The home in which she was staying did not have operable smoke detectors. None of the three smoke detectors in the home had batteries in them. The family was informed by the fire marshal that had the smoke detectors been in working condition he was 99.9% sure Jamie would be alive today. Smoke detectors are your first line of defense in a fire. Fire injures or kills over 40,000 children per year in the United States.
Routh has since started a foundation in her memory. It is called the Jamie Lynn Sullivan Memorial Foundation. All proceeds are going toward operable smoke detector awareness. It is her hope and vision, that these first several events, although small and focused on the local community, will be the catalyst to bring this foundations efforts to promote education and awareness of the importance of having operable smoke detectors in the home, to every community nationwide.
After speaking to many people, Routh has realized that just like the family where her niece was sleeping, many others do not have batteries in their smoke detectors or any fire plan in place in the event fire does strike.
The Foundation is very grateful for any and all donations to help see to it that we save as many lives as we can. Isn't your child's life worth it?
1. Working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a house fire in half.
2. Fires injure or kill over 40,000 children each year in the United States. This can be prevented.