LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – The 7th annual Fire Safety Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center.
The Little Rock Fire Department leads the free annual event as part of national Fire Prevention Week beginning Oct. 8 through Oct 14. The mission behind the event is to educate children and families about fire safety.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
Those in attendance can enjoy carnival rides, food, Molly the Fire Safety Dog and an antique fire truck. The event will also offer learning stations and demonstrations where families can receive more information on fire prevention and tools to ensure safety in the home.
In addition, adults can get free health screenings courtesy of UAMS and receive information on childhood obesity provided by Phi Beta Sigma.
Organizations participating in the event are:
• Area fire departments
• Arkansas Children’s Hospital
• Little Rock Zoo
• Jr. Fire Cadets
• Juvenile Fire Setters
According to a recent survey by the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Prevention Association, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
“It is critical that residents have working smoke alarms in case of a fire emergency,” Capt. Warren Robinson said. “You can replace an alarm and replace the batteries, but you can’t replace your life.”
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,300 home structure fires per year during 2010-2014. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,520 civilian deaths, 12,720 civilian injuries, and $6.7 billion in direct property damage per year.
The Little Rock Fire Department offers smoke alarms to Little Rock residents who need one. Firefighters will conduct a safety check and ensure the alarm is installed properly. The Little Rock Fire Department’s news release stated that smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
Residents can call 918-3700 to request an alarm to be installed.
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