Help Is On The Way
It was December 19, 2016. Tabitha Taylor nearly lost her home. At approximately 2:20 a.m., the Florissant, MO mother woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm. Her two children and their friends were also jolted awake, not only by the sound of the alarm, but by the smell of smoke. Her son, Jerrel Wilson, ran to the garage door and was immediately met by flames. While he tried to put out the fire, Tabitha searched for her phone so she could call the fire department. Unable to find it and with the fire growing, she ran to the ADT alarm panel on the wall and pushed the fire button.
800 miles away in Rochester, NY, Stacey Fioravanti received the alert. She was working the night shift at ADT’s Customer Care Center. Stacey immediately called the Taylor home and then contacted the local fire department. Within minutes firefighters from the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District arrived. The Taylor family huddled under blankets in the cold and watched as firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Tabitha’s family was safe. Her home was damaged, but not destroyed. The outcome could have been very different if their home didn’t have working smoke alarms and an ADT-monitored system.
“Without of the quick response by ADT and the Florissant Fire Department, this situation could have been much worse,” said State Farm Agent Elveeta Mason.
Tabitha and her family joined ADT and State Farm® to thank first responders for their live-saving efforts. The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District received a $5,000 grant from ADT and a matching $5,000 grant from State Farm as part of the ADT Lifesaver Award. The grant funded community education materials to teach children about fire safety. It was also used to purchase and install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in homes of at-risk and elderly residents in the Missouri community.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported 475,500 structure fires in the United States and 2,950 civilian deaths in 2016. That is one home fire reported every 90 seconds, and one death every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
As the leader in homeowners insurance, State Farm recognizes home control and monitoring products help provide protection. To learn more about an ADT special offer for State Farm customers, visit the ADT Home Security website or State Farm Home Protection & Automation. Homeowners and renters may qualify for the Home Alert Protection Discount. Contact your State Farm agent for details.
ADT is a leading provider of security and automation solutions in the United States and Canada for homes and businesses, people on-the-go and their network. Making security more accessible than ever before, and backed by 24/7 customer support, ADT delivers same-day service and live answer within seconds in customer operations, helping customers feel more safe and empowered. ADT is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and employs more than 18,000 people throughout North America.
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