Apr 12, 2016
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Rainy weather last weekend failed to dampen an effort by the Richmond Rotary Club to make residents in Parchester Village safer.

On Saturday morning, about a dozen Rotarians visited 38 homes in the neighborhood to pass out safety equipment for free, including kitchen fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Rotarians plan to return again, most likely in May, to add even more safety features as part of an effort that is receiving support from the city and Richmond Police Department’s crime prevention unit.

Local attorney David Brown, a Rotarian who organized the project, said the safety project in Parchester Village expanded following a charitable donation from Texas-based EZStreetNumbers.com, which produces highly reflective house number plates (see below) that make it easier for emergency responders to locate properties at night.

eznumbers.4-12Brown said he sent an email to the company and asked for a discount on plates, explaining that it was for a community service project. The company responded by donating $800 worth of plates, covering all of the project’s needs.

“The [owner at EZStreetNumbers.com] sent me an email back saying we would love to provide these for you,” Brown said. “It was very cool.”

The plates couldn’t be installed Saturday due to the rain, Brown said.

In addition, Home Depot provided the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at a discount. And some residents are also getting motion detector lights installed, Brown said.

Homes were selected to receive safety upgrades following a survey of local residents. The project is funded by the Richmond Rotary Club and Rotary District 5160,  Brown said.

The top photo of Rotarians in Parchester Village on Saturday provided by David Brown.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.