Operation Save a Life provides free smoke alarms

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News 8 is partnering with Kidde Fire Safety,  The Home Depot, Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, UIL Holdings and Amarante’s Sea Cliff to present the 4th annual Operation Save A Life — a lifesaving program designed to increase public awareness of fire and carbon monoxide (CO) dangers.

Operation Save a Life helps reduce devastating losses that occur as a result of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

One of the cornerstones of Operation Save a Life is the distribution of smoke alarms to Connecticut families in need, particularly low-income, elderly and other at risk residents in our communities.

This year, Kidde will donate 5,000 of its 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms and 1,000 CO alarms, which will be installed in homes by local fire departments throughout Connecticut.

Because the battery is sealed inside the smoke alarm, the hassle of low-battery chirps and battery replacement is eliminated for the life of the unit.

This design also reduces the risk of an inoperable smoke alarm due to missing batteries; most fatal home fires in the U.S. occur in homes without alarms or without working alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. Kidde is a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, and a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

News 8 will launch the campaign at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the New Haven Fire Department Training Center, 230 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven. The event will be hosted by News 8 and include guests from around the region along with many representatives from Connecticut fire departments.

In addition to the distribution of smoke and CO alarms, News 8 is working with the New Haven Fire Department to produce Operation Save a Life educational vignettes to increase fire safety education and CO awareness. These safety tips will begin airing Sept. 16 and will continue airing into October.

As a joint sponsor in the Operation Save a Life initiative, The Home Depot will host “Save a Life Saturday” events at participating stores in the WTNH News 8 viewing area on Oct. 3. The events will provide residents with fire safety tips to implement in their homes.

For more information about Operation Save a Life, visit WTNH.com.

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