The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District has received a donation of 40 smoke alarms from Kidde Fire Safety. Kidde’s mission is to provide safety solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards, and the company is committed to educating families about fire and carbon monoxide safety.
The donation is crucial in helping the District’s Fire Corps members continue their smoke alarm campaign projects within the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District. The latest smoke alarm statistics for Oregon show that in 2014 there were 1,774 injuries and 30 fatalities from residential structure fires. Of the 30 fatalities, in only 3 instances there were working smoke alarms. http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/FirePreventionWeek/casualties2005-2014.pdf
Also, according to the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), 40 years ago residents had approximately 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Due to current construction standards and the materials used in the contents of homes today, that number is less than 3 minutes. https://closeyourdoor.org/
The bottom line is that working smoke alarms save lives!
Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Fire Corps members are available to assist homeowners with checking their smoke alarms by appointment. New battery powered alarms are available for free, as well as replacement batteries for wired units. If your alarms are older than 10 years, they should be replaced.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions about your smoke alarms, please call 541-549-0771.