SANTA BARBARA, CA – October 8, 2014
Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
The City of Santa Barbara Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In a fire, seconds count. Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
This year the Santa Barbara City Fire Department will be hosting an Open House at Fire Station #1, 121 W. Carrillo Street. We will be recognizing Fire Prevention Week through educational materials, tours of the fire trucks, and a tour of the Fire Safety House. The open house will take place between 11am and 2pm on Saturday October 11th.
To find out more about this event, please contact Capt. Gary Pitney at 805-965-5254 or call the City’s Office of Emergency Services at 805-564-5711. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.