|Will You Have Smoke Alarms & Firemen With Your Pizza Oct. 7-13?|
To kick off Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13, 2018, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue (LVFR) will host a safety fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Indian Hills apartments community, located at 4550 W. Sahara Ave. LVFR is partnering with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to educate the tenants, staff and guests on various fire and life safety topics. First Responders will be on site providing vehicle demonstrations, safety tips and training, and even free blood pressure checks.
LVFR also is working with PIZZA HUT® to “deliver” pizzas and smoke alarm services in high-risk areas of the city several evenings during Fire Prevention Week. While supplies last, fire prevention staff and community volunteers will pay for the pizza ordered if the homeowner agrees to smoke alarm testing and some quick smoke alarm/fire escape education. If the home has no working smoke alarms, new sealed-battery 10-year smoke alarms will be installed for free. Home safety inspections will be offered, too. (Participants must be homeowners within city of Las Vegas limits.) Fire prevention staff will follow up in six months to be sure homeowners have tested the smoke alarms and practiced an exit drill since the last visit.
Following several recent catastrophic fires throughout the Las Vegas Valley, LVFR began a comprehensive apartment inspection program. The goal was to ensure basic safeguards, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, were installed and maintained, while providing life safety education to owners, managers and tenants. The two-story Indian Hills apartment community, built in 1988 with 484 units, has been a success story of the program. OlenLiving, which manages Indian Hills Apartments and many other properties throughout Clark County, is not only in full compliance following its recent fire inspection, but exceeded fire code requirements by adding several non-required safety devices throughout their Indian Hills property. The management company plans to install the same devices throughout their Southern Nevada properties and continue this proactive practice throughout their communities nationwide.
This year’s fire prevention campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire –– and how to escape safely in the event of one:
The National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance in 1925, making it the longest-running public health observance in the United States. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began Oct. 8, 1871. This conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.™