Fire prevention week means pizza escorts, smoke alarm education


Staff Report



Next week home delivery customers of Domino’s Pizza in Elkin could find a big red fire truck parked outside their house as Elkin Fire Department is partnering with the local store for National Fire Prevent Week, which runs Oct. 4-10.

On Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., any Elkin resident who orders a pizza from the Domino’s location here may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives, escorted by a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free. If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.

“Fire safety is extremely important,” said Brad Davis, Elkin Domino’s franchise owner. “We are very excited to partner with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the fire department for a program that not only promotes the safety of our friends and neighbors, but rewards those who make fire safety a priority.”

This year’s fire prevention week campaign theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

“Half of all home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep,” said Capt. Theresa Knops of the Elkin Fire Department. “That’s why having a fully functioning smoke alarm in every bedroom is so important. Smoke alarms save lives.”

And location matters when it comes to your smoke alarms, according to fire officials. The fire department is making an effort to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

“In a fire, second count,” said Elkin Fire Chief Mike Morton. “Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

• If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

• Call the fire department from outside the home.

The Elkin Fire Department will be hosting other activities during fire prevention week to promote the “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” theme. Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Customers can call Elkin Domino’s Wednesday at 336-526-5525 to place their order and be eligible for the fire engine delivery.

To find out more about fire prevention week programs and activities in Elkin, contact the fire department at 336-794-6481. To learn more about the “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” theme and smoke alarms, visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.

Staff Report

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