LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and MySafe:LA will distribute free smoke detectors at fire stations across the district while supplies last, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
“I commend the Los Angeles Fire Department for extending this benefit to my constituents in the 13th Council District,” said O’Farrell. “As a member of the City’s Public Safety Committee, I am committed to improving fire safety in our neighborhoods, and this free smoke detector program is an excellent way in which we can continue to achieve our goals of making sure every family in my district is safe.”
The free smoke detectors are available now at these fire stations in the 13th District:
#6 - 326 N Virgil Avenue Los Angeles 90004
#20 - 2144 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90026
#50 - 3036 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles 90065
#52 - 4957 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles 90029
#82 - 5769 W Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles 90028
Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent, according to a release from the Mayor’s office.
Chief Ralph Terrazas also launched three new initiatives aimed at reducing serious injuries and deaths in residential structure fires.
1. LAFD will expand its S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarm Field Education) Program. Currently, firefighters canvas a street after a serious residential fire occurs and make sure neighbors have working smoke alarms. Under a new pilot program in Fire Station 65’s district in Watts, firefighters will proactively canvas specific residential blocks to provide smoke alarms, batteries, and fire safety education, as well as discuss the importance of a family escape plan in the event of a fire. After three months, the department will evaluate the pilot program to determine how best to implement the system citywide.
2. LAFD has formed a Fire Casualty Reduction Task Force, consisting of members from its Emergency Services Bureau, Arson Section, Fire Prevention, Disaster Preparedness and Community Liaison units, to analyze any fire with significant injury or deaths to determine what factors were in play, whether there are any larger trends, and any additional prevention measures that can be put in place.
3. LAFD will continue its close collaboration with MySafe LA and begin a new collaboration with the American Red Cross to distribute smoke alarms and promote fire safety in neighborhood smoke alarm canvassing events.
There have been too many fire-related fatalities across the City, and a few of them took place in the 13th District. You might recall the apartment fire in Echo Park last year that killed two people and displaced many families.