April 10th, 2012|
April 10, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that house fires affected roughly 384,000 families in 2010. Those fires killed 2,640 people and injured another 13,350. An estimated 37 percent of the homes in these fires weren’t equipped with smoke detectors—a potentially deadly oversight.
For example, a 3-year-old boy was injured in a fire Monday in a home that officials say had no fire detectors installed. According to CBS 42 News, firefighters were called to the scene around 4:30 a.m. The mother fled the home without the boy, who was later recovered by rescue crews. He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.
In an effort to curb the high number of homes in the area without smoke detectors, the Birmingham Fire Department (BFD) is offering to install smoke detectors in city homes for free. BFD Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis stated, “Smoke alarms will give you that audible alert which will give you two or three extra minutes to get out in case of a fire. They have been proven to save lives over the years.”
If you are in need of smoke detectors in your home, you are encouraged to contact the department at (205) 250-7540.