To make homes in our community safer, Spokane Valley Fire will team up with area businesses to “blitz” Spokane Valley. About 120 homes in the southwest portion of the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) service area will receive free Home Fire Safety Visits on Tuesday, October 1. Volunteer crews will conduct door-to-door evaluation of homes and install smoke alarms for approximately 4 hours.
With the resident’s permission, teams of volunteers will test existing smoke alarms and install new smoke alarms as needed to ensure working smoke alarms are in the right locations throughout each home. Residents also receive a Home Fire Safety Checklist with important information about cooking safety, smoking, heating, electrical safety and more.
More than 33 volunteers will meet at the Spokane Valley Administration Building to kick off the blitz and receive training. Volunteers include many off-duty SVFD firefighters, SVFD Fire Prevention members, Novelis personnel, Starbucks employees, and CBRE Employees.
The target area for the campaign includes the Vista Mobile Park and the area roughly north of Broadway Avenue and West of Park Road. The area was selected based on a risk assessment conducted by Spokane Valley Fire Department as part of the agency’s comprehensive Community Risk Reduction program.
Department data, demographics, the age of homes in the area, and risk factors including a fire fatality within the last 10 years were all used to identify high risk neighborhoods within SVFD’s service area. The primary objective of the blitz is to reduce risk in the community. Data shows that nearly 60 percent of all home fire fatalities occur in residences without working smoke alarms. The goal of the SVFD is to prevent residents in these neighborhoods from becoming part of that statistic. This blitz iss a great opportunity to significantly improve fire and life safety for so many residents in just a few short hours!
Volunteers will work in 3-person teams to educate, install and document each visit. A supply of more than 500 smoke alarms iss available to volunteers, thanks to a generous $5000 sponsorship by Novelis Inc.
SVFD offers free Home Fire Safety Visits year round. Anyone wishing to have a home evaluation about the current fire safety conditions in their home, including smoke alarms, fire hazards, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and more can call 509-892-4153 or visit the events directory page at spokanevalleyfire.com.