ABC7 is 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. This important community partnership is now part of ABC7's Prepare NorCal initiative.
Operation 7: Save A Life is a community service program that distributes free smoke alarms and CO detectors to those who might not otherwise have them; particularly low income and elderly households.
Kidde donated 3,000 smoke alarms and 300 CO detectors to the campaign, which will be distributed with the help of participating Fire Departments throughout the Bay Area. The alarms have sealed in batteries that never need to be replaced.
KGO-TV officially announced the donation and distributed the alarms on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Station 4 Fire Department, located at 449 Mission Rock Street, San Francisco at 10:00 am.
The event, hosted by ABC7, will include guests from around the region along with many Bay Area firefighters. Fire Departments receiving the donation and participating in this event include; Oakland Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Jose Fire Department, and Santa Clara County Fire Department.
"All of us at ABC7 are committed to working with Bay Area Fire Departments, Kidde, and Home Depot to prevent the devastating loss of life that comes from simply not having the proper alarms in a home. Together, we've never stopped working toward the same goal: spreading the word that fire safety and CO Awareness can save lives," said William Burton, President and General Manager, ABC7, KGO-TV.
Operation 7: Save A Life directly affects Bay Area communities as:
- Smoke alarms save lives! Nearly half of the nation's fire deaths occur in the four percent of homes that do not have smoke alarms (NFPA).
- Last year, more than 3,000 people died in home fires, and more than 17,000 were injured, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, killing 400 and injuring more than 20,000 each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. The only safe way to detect this poisonous gas is with a working carbon monoxide detector.
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 CASafeHomes.org.
Being prepared is the key to surviving a disaster, so ABC7 has put together the Prepare NorCal resources and tips page so our Bay Area viewers can get all their disaster preparedness information in one place.