Kidde Fire Safety in partnership with Home Depot has been hosting Operation Save a Life in cities across the United States to make sure that fire departments have smoke alarms for their outreach to families. This week, they stopped in NC and hosted an event that gave 4125 long life smoke alarms to fire departments in the central part of the state. This was the 12th year of the program that has given over 50,000 alarms- just in NC alone. With the UNC Burn Center, having nearly 1700 burn injuries admitted this year which is over 200 more than last year, there is a lot of work to prevent fire and burns left to do.
Ernest Grant, the Chairman of the NFPA Board of Directors, was part of the media event that raised awareness about the need for working smoke alarms. NFPA and NC OSFM gave smoke alarm tip sheets and installation guides to participating fire departments to enhance their home visits. This outreach program includes smoke alarm installations and fire safety public service announcements throughout the month of October.
Congratulations to fire departments, Kidde, Home Depot, and ABC11 for a successful event that helps save lives in the heart of Carolina. The next stop on the tour will be the Atlanta area in December.