SPARKS — Sparks Fire Department personnel and volunteers are visiting homes in Sparks on Saturday to install smoke alarms and give personalized fire safety education to residents. The Project SAFE program (Survive a Fire Emergency) will target 250 homes during the first year and expand outreach in future years.
“Your family is twice as likely to survive a fire if you have working smoke alarms,” said Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King. “It’s very important to have detectors in every sleeping room, hallway and on each floor of your home. Most homes in Sparks are more than 10 years old, which means it’s time to put in new smoke alarms.”
The first target area is located between 15th Street and Rock Boulevard, and Prater Way and Oddie Boulevard. This area is targeted first, because detectors 10 years and older do not detect a fire 55 percent of the time. Almost half of the homes to be visited in the first year had detectors more than 10 years old. In addition, seven out of 10 homes surveyed in this area do not have any working detectors, and 94 percent of the homes do not have detectors in each sleeping area.
To reduce injury and death, fire personnel and local volunteers will install tamper-resistant, 10-year smoke alarms or provide 10-year batteries for existing alarms that are less than two years old. Special notification devices are available for the hearing impaired. Fire safety educators will provide valuable information and educational items to each household, including a personalized home-safety checklist and evacuation plan.