City Prepares Special Activities for Public
Mrs. O’Leary’s cow may or may not have kicked over the lamp that started the great Chicago fire of 1871. But, since 1922, that event has kicked off National Fire Prevention Week, the first full week of every October, across the U.S. The week is devoted to raising public awareness about fire safety and focuses on a specific topic each year.
The 2010 National Fire Prevention Week topic is
“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!”
On September 21, 2010, in support of National Fire Prevention Week, Kirkland City Council proclaimed October 3-9, 2010, Kirkland Fire Prevention Week. Kirkland Fire Department will sponsor a variety of activities during Kirkland’s Fire Prevention Week… and following. The activities are designed to call public attention to the life-saving benefit of working, properly-placed, home smoke detectors and to install them in the homes of low-income residents.
- Oct. 3-9, Open House at all Kirkland Fire Stations, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- Oct. 3-9, Free smoke detector distribution and installation for low income residents
- Oct. 3-9, Fire prevention programming aired on Kirkland cable television
- Oct. 29, Information booth at Senior Housing Fair, Peter Kirk Community Center
- Oct. 30, Distribution of new brochure on Fire Department’s Senior Fire and Fall
- Oct. 30, Airing of new cable show on Fire Department’s Senior Fire and Fall Prevention Program
In the early hours of July 2, 2010, a smoke alarm woke a local resident, whose townhome caught on fire. The early warning allowed him to escape without injury, call 911, alert neighbors and move a dog to safety, while fire crews contained the fire to just his home. Without a working smoke alarm, the resident would likely have lost his life due to smoke inhalation, before waking.
Smoke alarms - A few dollars to buy them, a few minutes to install them.
The result - Lives saved when unanticipated fires break out at home.