By Steve Yamamoto | October 7, 2011
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!”
To keeping you family safe 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
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.
We invite the public to visit our Fire Stations to interact with Fire personnel, learn about fire service careers and get a behind the scenes view of our facilities and emergency equipment. Free smoke alarms are available to the public and will be given out while supplies last.
New for this year is the requirement of carbon monoxide detectors in homes that have an attached garage or utilizes 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.
For more important safety information please use the links below:
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