In Santa Clara County, a 911 call from a home triggers an immediate search for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If there are none, firefighters go to work.
PHOTOS: ABC7 and partners team up for fire safety, CO awareness
PHOTOS: Operation 7: Save A Life distributes smoke alarms, CO detectors
ABC7 was proud to once again team up with Bay Area fire departments and our partners, Kidde, and The Home Depot to present the 6th Annual Operation 7: Save A Life; a campaign designed to increase public awareness of fire safety, CO Awareness, and reduce devastating losses that can occur as a result of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
"We actually install them right then and there. We don't leave until it's actually done," said Deputy Chief John Justice of the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
Santa Clara County can afford to do that thanks to the donation and distribution of these devices by Kidde, the largest manufacturer of fire safety products, The Home Depot and ABC7 News.
This year 3,000 of smoke alarms and 300 carbon minoxide detectors will be given to the public. The campaign is called Operation 7: Save a Life.
The Oakland and San Francisco fire departments will make their detectors available in a different way.
"We have outreach programs like street fairs, we distribute them. Sometimes we do work site safety fairs. We bring it there to distribute to the workers," sand San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Mary Tse.
Nearly half of the nation's fire deaths occur in the few homes that don't have smoke alarms. Last year, more than 3,000 people died in home fires and more than 17,000 were injured.
"It's always one of the sad days that we have when we respond to a home fire and we have fatalities," Justice said.
Carbon monoxide detectors are already required in all California homes and beginning in January, all hotels and motels must have these units.