Fresno Fire Department
The most common cause of death during a home fire is not from the fire itself, but from the toxic smoke and gases released during a fire. These products of combustion often render victims unconscious or disoriented, leaving them unable to react, especially during the sleeping hours. The City of Fresno averages one to five fire related deaths each year, in most cases a working smoke alarm would have made the difference between life and death.
In the most recent data available, almost two-thirds of all fire related deaths in the home occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. With the combination of a properly working smoke alarm and home fire sprinkler system the odds of suffering a fire related death drops by 83%, and the rate of property damage drops by 71%. (NFPA reports: U.S. Experience with Sprinklers & Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires)
The fire service has known for many years the best way to prevent these needless deaths is for people to follow some very simple and effective fire safety steps such as; equip their homes with smoke alarms inside each sleeping room, in the areas outside each sleeping room and on each floor of the home. Residents should also test their smoke alarm weekly and practice exiting their home in response to a smoke alarm activation. Children, the elderly, and people with special needs are the most vulnerable and should practice exiting the home.
The Fresno Fire Department has the following guidelines for smoke alarms:
In the interests of enhancing safety for our community, the Central California Burn Aware (link) Foundation, through the Fresno Fire Department – Fire Prevention Division, provides smoke alarms, free of charge, to residents of Fresno. Applicants must live in a single family home or mobile home in the City of Fresno.
Smoke alarms may be installed by members of the Fresno Fire Department. Upon request, a free home fire-safety check is also conducted at the time of installation. Trained personnel will identify hazards often unnoticed in the home which may cause a fire. In most cases, a few simple maintenance and housekeeping procedures can make your home safer. Personnel will also fully explain how your new smoke alarm functions and how to maintain it.
If you are a resident in the City of Fresno and need a smoke alarm installed in your home, please call the Fire Prevention Division at (559) 621-4181.