Every year, thousands of people die or sustain life-threatening injuries in fires. Many of these injuries and fatalities could be prevented through the proper installation of a working smoke alarm. That is the purpose behind ABC11 Operation Save A Life, a massive community information and fire safety campaign airing on ABC11 for the entire month of October. Look for our educational campaign on-air, including safety tips on how to help prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business, information on correct alarm installation and operation, and tips on how to establish a fire safety plan for your family.
This year, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Cary Fire Station #1, ABC11 will present more than 4,000 10-year, sealed smoke alarms, and 500 carbon monoxide alarms. The smoke alarms will go to fire departments throughout the Heart of Carolina. Local fire departments will deliver and install smoke alarms in homes of low-income, elderly, and other residents at risk in their respective communities. Contact your local fire department to find out if you're eligible for a free smoke alarm.
NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC takes care of the people who have been injured due to fire, hot water, grease burns, etc. They are on the front lines just like our firefighters. We are grateful for all the work they do within the Heart of Carolina and their continuous support and sponsorship of Operation Save A Life.
The Home Depot is hosting Save A Life Saturday events all over the state to help you and your family learn more about fire safety for your home. The events will take place this year on Saturday, October 12th.
We would also like to take time to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our local fire departments; our heroes who run into danger as others are running out. Smoke alarms, combined with a strong program of fire prevention awareness, are vital to the efforts of our local fire departments that keep our communities safe and free of major fire disasters.