For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2019
Contact: Julie Happy
Community Affairs Manager
Spokane Valley Fire
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT HOME SAFETY VISITS, SAVE LIVES
SMOKE DETECTORS INSTALLED IN OVER 3000 HOMES
****************************************************The Spokane Valley Fire Department conducts free home safety inspections. During these inspections, they look for smoke detectors throughout the home. Three of five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Since 2016 SVFD crews and community volunteers have installed 3,020 smoke detectors throughout the community. For 2019, so far, 76 smoke detectors have been installed.
Smoke detectors installed in a home in October, 2018 by SVFD Firefighters, in March this year alerted a family of four, including one that was wheelchair bound, their kitchen was on fire. All four occupants were able to escape the home uninjured.
“Since 2016, installations of Smoke Detectors at three different locations have subsequently saved the lives of those individuals living at those locations,” said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “Eleven individuals were saved from Smoke Detectors being installed in those homes – that is a big win in our eyes.”
One of those locations was a mobile home. Typically when a mobile home catches fire, it is a total loss from the fast rate of burn that occurs. Because of the smoke detectors installed by the SVFD Crews, SVFD was alerted early and the fire was able to be contained to the kitchen and living room.
Approximately, two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be installed in the living areas on every floor of your home. Smoke detectors more than ten years old should be replaced. If you have questions or want a free home inspection call your Spokane Valley Fire Department, 892-4153 or visit spokanevalleyfire.com
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.
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