CONTACT: Addinelly Moreno Soto
SAN ANTONIO (November 17, 2022) — Councilwoman Viagran continues the initiative to install smoke alarms in District 3 Senior households for the holiday season. Holiday items such as decorative lights, candles, and Christmas trees, can pose an added fire hazard.
- Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives,
causing more than 2,200 injuries and costing $554 million in property damage. **
- 47% of home fires start while cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. **
- Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays. **
Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half. **
Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and planning.
“Since June, the District office and SAFD and have identified and installed Free smoke alarms with a 10-year battery in hundreds of homes of District 3 Seniors, and this Saturday we continue our mission out in the Villa Coronado area.” said Councilwoman Viagran. “Between entertaining family and friends, cooking and holiday shopping, there’s no shortage of distractions, but with proper preparedness, you can help keep your family and friends safe this holiday season.”
This is an ongoing project with the homeowners, it takes time and dedication from all parties. If you know of an elderly neighbor, family member who are interested in receiving the Free Smoke Alarm installation please contact the City’s 211 line or sign up through firesafesa.com
By understanding the potential fire risks associated with this time of year and taking simple precautions, you can keep your home and family safe, while enjoying the holiday season.
Sources: U.S. Fire Administration **