Visit a Fire Prevention Week Open House for a Free Smoke Alarm
2011-10-13 · By Editor
This year, Fire Prevention Week will be observed on October 9-15. This long-standing tradition was created in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson to increase awareness of fire safety issues in America. For this year’s Fire Prevention Week, the department has once again joined with the National Fire Prevention Association to promote the message; “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your family from fire!”
Fire Prevention Week Open House
On Saturday, Oct 15th, the Long Beach Fire Department will conduct a Fire Prevention Week Open House event at all fire stations from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
LBFD invites the public to visit the Fire Stations to interact with Fire personnel, learn about fire service careers and get a behind the scenes view of the facilities and emergency equipment. Free smoke alarms are available to the public and will be given out while supplies last.
To promote the message; “Protect your family from fire!” the Long Beach FD emphasizes three key points:
- Practice your Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H)
- Maintain working smoke alarms and CO detectors
- Have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it
Fire Engines to Get Portable Carbon Monoxide Detectors
New for this year is the requirement of carbon monoxide detectors in homes that have an attached garage or utilize fossil fuel burning appliances. Please take note, this requirement will extend to multi-family dwellings starting Jan. 1, 2013.
It is important to remember that carbon monoxide takes 450 lives per year and sends another 20,000 to the emergency room. It is a colorless, odorless gas produced when fossil fuels burn and is referred to as the silent killer.
Lastly, the Long Beach Fire Department is pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2012, all Engine Companies will be equipped with hand held carbon monoxide detection monitors. This will allow our firefighters to detect this deadly, colorless, and odorless gas that is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States.