CHICAGO (WLS) --The Chicago Fire Department, Kidde, a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, and The Home Depot will team up once again for "Operation Save-A-Life," a public awareness campaign promoting fire and carbon monoxide (CO) safety and prevention now in its 13th year. Kidde will be donating 7,000 smoke and CO alarms to departments throughout the greater Chicago area.
To highlight this partnership and to raise awareness, the campaign will kick off at Engine 13 with a press conference on Feb. 9 at 9:00 a.m. The Engine 13 firehouse is located at 259 North Columbus Drive in Chicago.
Fire and CO fatalities are often preventable through education, the proper use of smoke and CO alarms and basic prevention tips. The message that "simple steps can help save lives" will be the focal point of on-air efforts.
The Operation Save-A-Life campaign will underscore the importance of remembering to test smoke alarms and CO alarms monthly and to make sure working alarms are installed on each floor in homes. Missing or non-functional batteries are to blame for many home fire fatalities.
Here are some of the "simple steps can help save lives" tips that will be reinforced during the Operation Save-A-Life campaign:
1. Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly.
2. Place smoke alarms inside and outside of all sleeping areas.
3. Install a working CO alarm on each floor of your home.
4. Teach your children about fire safety.
5. Learn CPR.
Also happening this month is Save-A-Life Saturday, a free event teaching fire safety, CO safety and guidance in choosing the right home alarm. It will take place at participating The Home Depot locations throughout the Chicago area on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ABC 7 is also featuring a series of 15 and 30-second public service vignettes promoting fire and CO safety tips and the importance of learning CPR which will air Feb. 8 through March 6. Hosted by ABC 7 Eyewitness News morning anchors, Judy Hsu and Terrell Brown, the spots underscore the importance of smoke alarm safety and guarding against CO poisoning.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, 67 percent of all homes with fire fatalities did not have any smoke alarms, and 13 percent had smoke alarms that did not work.
Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said, "We are proud to once again kick off Operation Save-A-Life as a way for area fire departments to work closely with the leading TV station in our area to provide information and awareness of ways to prevent fires or escape them when they occur. This platform also allows us to address other safety issues including the silent killer carbon monoxide. We thank ABC7 and the sponsors who provide materials and support."
"ABC 7's long-standing commitment to do as much as possible to help reduce the total number of fire deaths in the Chicago area is a source of pride for our station. Thirteen years is a great run and we are grateful to all our partners - The Chicago Fire Department, Kidde and The Home Depot -for their support," said John Idler, President and General Manager, ABC 7 Chicago.
"Kidde's mission is to help save lives and it's a mission that we take very seriously," said Jessica Byrd, marketing specialist, Kidde. "It is the reason that we continue to develop new fire safety products, and invest in programs like Operation Save-A-Life."