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Public Safety News
Houston Fire Department
News Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

One of every three residential fires in Houston reported the home had a malfunctioning smoke detector, or no smoke detector at all.

To raise awareness and save lives, the Houston Fire Department (HFD), State Farm Insurance, and Clear Channel Outdoors have funded 20 billboards reminding Houston citizens of the importance of installing a functioning smoke detector in the home.  The signs read:  “A $5 Smoke Detector Saved Our Lives! Install Smoke Detectors in Your Home Today!”

“Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds,” said HFD Assistant Chief Lisa Campbell.  “Although most fires are preventable, they do happen, and a working smoke detector gives you and your family the extra minutes needed to safely get out of your home.”

HFD recommends residents check, change, and replace:  Check batteries at least once a month.  Change batteries when you set your clocks forwards and backwards for daylight saving time.  And completely replace smoke detectors at least once every 10 years.  Some Houston residents may qualify for a free smoke detector through the HFD “Get Alarmed!” program.  To check eligibility, please visit www.houstonfire.org.  This awareness campaign is funded by a State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Grant that the HFD received in 2011. 

“Just five dollars and a few preparation could potentially save your family’s life,” said State Farm Spokesperson Patti Kelly. “We’re thrilled to be involved with this effort and we commend the efforts of Chief Garrison and all the members of the Houston Fire Department for their service to the community.”

Clear Channel Outdoors offered the ad-space for the 20 billboards throughout the city at a greatly reduced price (see attached list).

Additional information about smoke detectors and safety tips may be found on the HFD website at www.houstonfire.org. Citizens may also contact the HFD Public Affairs Office at 832-394-6633.

Locations of Billboards:

Broadway @ Elm
Canal @ Milby
Griggs @ Milart
I-10 E @ Providence
Kirkwood @ Stroud
Bissonnet @ Synott
Brittmore @ Hazelhurst
Hempstead @ Campbell
Pinemont @ Arbor Vitae
Yale @ 41st
Berry @ West
Elysian @ Bunton
Westheimer @ Mandell
Hwy 3 @ El Dorado
Cullen @ Sunbeam
Main @ Fariss
Little York @ Skyview
Pierce @ Brazos
Navigation @ 74th
Hwy 90 @ Liberty




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