Douglas County Fire and EMS Initiative Hopes to Protect Families Against Home Fires
The Douglas County Fire Department is distributing and installing free smoke detectors for citizens who need one as part of National Fire Prevention Week
A smoke alarm and a home escape plan are essential to ensure everyone knows what to do if the alarm goes off. One should be installed in every bedroom and outside the sleeping areas. In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy.
“The Douglas County mission for Fire/EMS, E-911, and EMA is to enhance the quality of life for our stakeholders, said Douglas County Fire Chief Roderick Jolivette,” “Having a properly working smoke alarm in the home saves lives. Home fires killed more than 2,700 people in the United States in 2019. We want to see that number decrease through education and prevention.”
Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk of fires, making it important for every community member to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to ensure they understand how to stay safe. To request a free smoke alarm installation, call the Main Line at the Douglas County Fire Department at (770) 942–8626.
The 2022 National Fire Prevention Week is October 9th-11th. This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”