Elderly to receive free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Burn Institute is making sure your household smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors are in good shape. KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with City Councilmember Chris Cate in Clairemont where seniors were getting free smoke detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, no smoke alarms were present in more than one-third of home fire deaths. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that several thousand people visit hospital emergency rooms annually to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
“A working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in your home can save your life by alerting you of pending danger. I’ve seen first-hand how these systems save lives,” stated Chris Cate, Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Chairman.
Throughout the year, the Burn Institute, community volunteers, and members of the fire service take part in a collaborative effort to install lifesaving smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for qualified seniors in San Diego County, at no expense to the homeowner. To date in 2018, the Burn Institute has installed 3,787 smoke alarms.
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