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Fire department kicks off smoke alarm blitz in effort to increase safety

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By Lisa Braxton

The Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department in Texas, the American Red Cross, Kingsland Baptist Church and Katy Area Community Emergency Response Team members went door-to-door Saturday to alert residents in the community about the importance of having working smoke alarms and to install new alarms in homes where needed.

As part of the Home Fire Prevention Campaign, firefighters and volunteers divided into teams and installed smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, while other groups moved ahead of them to identify houses in which residents wanted to have their systems checked.

According to yourhoustonnews.com, by the end of the day, 172 smoke alarms had been installed in more than 60 homes previously lacking proper smoke alarm systems. The goal for the campaign is to install 5,000 smoke alarms in the Texas Gulf Coast Region by June and overall to help reduce fire deaths 25 percent by 2019.

If you’re interested in launching a campaign in your community, NFPA has essential tools for getting started. Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program is a free guide that outlines how to get organized, identify a target population, solicit funding, publicity, and donations, and recruit volunteers.

In addition, NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central, and community toolkits on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms can help you conduct successful safety education campaigns.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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