Even though smoke alarms are installed in every new home built in the State of California, according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) [link to NFPA: https://www.nfpa.org/ ], deaths in the period of 2012 – 2016 (most recent data) were the result of of fires in homes without any smoke alarms (40%), or with non-functional smoke alarms (17%).
That’s bad news. The risk of dying in a reported home structure fire is 54% lower in those homes that have working smoke alarms. The key is an early warning, as provided by the smoke alarm. In today’s complex construction and contents materials matrix, the fuel load of dangerous and highly flammable contents reduce the time to safely exit a home to less than three minutes.
The California Fire Prevention Organization offers free smoke alarm units and installation to those families who are unable to secure them for themselves. Thanks to a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in 2014, 2016, and 2018, our fire safety teams have installed tens of thousands of smoke alarms.
The California Fire Prevention Organization partners up with fire departments and cities to deliver fire prevention activities that a fire agency may not have the bandwidth to execute on their own. Some of our relationships are limited to a single function, while others are far more intensive, often including safety fairs, canvassing homes to install smoke alarms and CO detectors, education in elementary schools, development of public safety announcements, and even firefighter training.
Some of the agencies we’ve worked with include:
Alhambra Fire Department
Calistoga Fire Department
Cathedral City Fire Department
Corona Fire Department
Glendale Fire Department
Hemet Fire Department
Lake County Fire Protection District
Los Angeles County Fire Department
March Field Air Force Base Fire Department
Morongo Fire Department
Murrieta Fire Department
Palm Springs Fire Department
Rincon Fire Department
Riverside City Fire Department
Riverside County (CALFire) Fire
San Marino Fire Department
Santa Cruz Fire Department
Soboba Fire Department
South Pasadena Fire Department
The MySafe:California initiative is an umbrella set of programs, aligned with the mission of a local fire agency. We’re particularly interested in supporting areas where at-risk families, living conditions, or the threat of wildfire is significant.
If you’re interested in a public/private partnership with our organization, we invite you to reach out to us. Visit our contact page to get in touch.
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