SFD, Red Cross to conduct smoke detector canvass

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

The Spokane Fire Department is partnering with the American Red Cross and Gonzaga University to canvass the Logan neighborhood and ensure homes in this area have working smoke detectors. In addition to handing out fire safety and emergency preparedness information, SFD will be installing and scheduling the installation of free smoke detectors for households in need.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department, the American Red Cross and Gonzaga University will be handing out fire safety information, installing smoke detectors for residents who are home, and scheduling future smoke detector installation opportunities in the Logan neighborhood. The Logan neighborhood has been nationally identified as one of the highest risk areas for fires in Eastern Washington (see attached flyer for additional information).

This fire prevention effort is the final event scheduled in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, which launched on October 5th. Other activities during this week have included fire safety presentations to grade school children at Lincoln Heights and St. Aloysius elementary schools.

The goal of National Fire Prevention Week is to help bring awareness to the importance of fire safety and education and to remind citizens that working smoke detectors save lives. Last year, more than 2,700 people throughout the nation died in residential fires. Two-thirds of those who died had been living in a home that did not have a working smoke detector.

The Spokane Fire Department would like to remind citizens to take just 5 minutes this weekend to check your smoke detectors! Learn more about how working smoke detectors can help to keep you and your family safe. For questions about fire prevention and community education, contact Jan Doherty at 509.625.7058 or JDoherty@spokanecity.org.