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

Posted on  03/26/2014 9:44 am

On Thursday morning, March 27, the Wilmington Fire Department will continue its ongoing quarterly Fire Prevention Awareness initiative by conducting door-to-door distribution of fire prevention pamphlets as well as providing & installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the Wilmington community between North Market Street to Carter Street and East 22nd Street to East 25th Street.

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 education. By conducting these quarterly 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.