Fire Department Units Conducting Door-to-Door Fire Prevention Awareness

Posted on  04/23/2013 10:08 am

LOCATION: AREA OF WEST 23rd STREET to West 26th STREET, NORTH MARKET STREET to WASHINGTON STREET

DATE: APRIL 25, 2013

TIME: 9:00 A.M.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode and Wilmington Fire Marshal William T. McKim, Jr. are pleased to announce the ongoing Wilmington Fire Department quarterly Fire Prevention Awareness initiative will take place Thursday, April 25, in the community from West 23rd Street to West 26th Street/North Market Street to Washington Street on the City’s north side. Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday April 25, Wilmington Fire Department personnel will be going door-to-door to distribute fire prevention pamphlets as well as providing & installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

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 community education. By conducting neighborhood 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.