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OFD Endorses Burn Institute's Senior FREE Smoke Alarm Program


Burn Institute Program Offers FREE Lifesaving Smoke Alarms to Seniors

SAN DIEGO— National safety statistics show that adults age 65 and older are two times more likely to die in a home fire than any other segment of the population; for those over age 75, that risk nearly quadruples. Despite these alarming statistics, thousands of seniors throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties are currently living in homes without a working smoke alarm.

One of the best ways seniors can improve their chances of escaping a residential fire is by making sure their home is equipped with an operating smoke alarm. The Burn Institute is working towards ensuring that every senior’s home has just that. Their Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with free smoke alarms and instillations. Screened and trained community partners and volunteers assist the Burn Institute year-round in installing the free alarms.

To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home. To sign up for this program or see if you are eligible, call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, ext. 18.

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Having a working smoke alarm in your home reduces your chances of perishing in a house fire by 50%. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor of your home. "In a fire, seconds count," said Susan Day, Burn Institute Executive Director. "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11pm and 7am when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spread, giving seniors enough time to get out."

About the Burn Institute:

The Burn Institute is the local nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute’s first accomplishments was to help establish the area’s first and only regional burn center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education, funding of vital burn research and treatment, and burn survivor support programs that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their burn injuries. For more information on the Burn Institute, visit

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