IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM: ATLANTIC FIREMAN ON BOARD
(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and the State of Iowa Child Death Review Team announced today that they are endorsing the 100 Years, 100% smoke detector campaign, initiated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of the State Fire Marshal. The 100 Years, 100% campaign’s goal is the installation of at least two working smoke detectors in the homes of Iowa school children in grades kindergarten through 6th-grade by the end of this year. The Atlantic Fire Department was one of the first departments to submit all of their information.
“We set up during parent-teacher conferences and talked to every parent and gave them a form to fill out to see if they needed some installed. We had over 200 responses,” said McNees.“It is critical, I can’t imagine living in a home without one. Unfortunately we have seen people die because they didn’t have one or took the batteries out.” He adds, "they are a cheap insurance policy to get you out of the house."
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 3,000 Americans die each year in house fires. In Iowa, 185 deaths associated with fire were reported from 2006 to 2010. Of these deaths, 31 involved children under the age of 18. According to IOSME and the Iowa Child Death Review Team, in just over half of these deaths (18), it was determined that the children’s homes had no or an inoperable smoke alarm.