4th Annual Operation 7: Save a Life

Fire fatalities are often preventable through education and the use of working smoke detectors, a message that will be one of the focal points when ABC7's Operation 7: Save A Life campaign kicks off on Monday, November 11, 2013.

Additionally, the campaign will focus on Carbon Monoxide awareness to coincide with the new state law now in effect that requires CO Alarms in California homes that have fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage. Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, killing 400 and injuring more than 20,000 each year. You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. The only safe way to detect this poisonous gas is with a working carbon monoxide alarm.

As part of the campaign, Operation 7: Save A Life, along with The Home Depot, donated thousands of Kidde-brand smoke alarms to participating fire departments in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Fire Department on November 13. The fire departments that received the donations include; Oakland Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, San Jose Fire Department, and Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Plan for a safer home with these suggestions on how to prevent a fire and keep your family safe from Carbon Monoxide:

For more information on California's law, CO safety and how to protect your family, visit www.CASafeHomes.org.

Being prepared is the key to surviving a disaster, and Prepare NorCal was created to help our Bay Area viewers be prepared. ABC7 has gathered resources and tips to make it easier for you to access preparedness information all in one place. Click here

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