SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Since January 2007, the Sparks Fire Department has offered residents Project SAFE (survive a fire emergency) -- a Residential Smoke Alarm Campaign for homes built prior to 1993.
Sparks Fire says the campaign provides vital information about smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and general home fire safety at no cost to the resident. The program includes the free installation of 10-year smoke alarms in every sleeping room and centrally located in the hallway, as well as a carbon monoxide detector strategically placed in the home.
If a resident with hearing impairment lives in the home, Sparks Fire will also install a hearing impaired smoke alarm and strobe light.
The Sparks Fire Department wants the public to know that this program is still going strong, and they have plenty of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and hearing impaired devices remaining in stock to install.
City of Sparks residents who live in a home built prior to 1993 can call 353-2266 to schedule a free installation and fire safety education for the whole family.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in 2011. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
"Let’s not have that statistic hit home in Sparks," Fire Marshal Bob King said.