Fire Department Units Conducted Door-to-Door Fire Prevention Awareness
Posted on 10/23/2012 2:00 pm
This morning, the Wilmington Fire Department continued its ongoing quarterly Fire Prevention Awareness initiative by conducting door-to-door distribution of fire prevention pamphlets as well as providing & installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the community from West 22nd Street to West 4th Street and North Franklin Street to North Rodney Street.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms and 24% of fire deaths occur in homes where a smoke alarm was present but did not operate. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there was an average of 386,300 unintentional residential fires attended by the fire service resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths per year between 2006 and 2008; and more than 150 people die each year in America from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.
Wilmington Fire Department’s goal is to significantly reduce the likelihood of injuries and deaths related to the lack of smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms through proactive education. By conducting these quarterly door-to-door initiatives, Wilmington Fire Department personnel can directly interact with the citizens that we serve and answer any questions that they may have while providing them with the necessary educational literature and smoke/CO alarms to keep their families safe.