McKinney Fire Department to participate in fire prevention week

Craving pizza? Are your fire alarms working? Although these two questions would usually be completely unrelated, the McKinney Fire Department, in association with Fire Prevention Week, will be randomly delivering pizzas to Domino's Pizza customers with working fire alarms.

Fire Prevention Week, which is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, runs from Oct. 4-10 and aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. To help spread the message on Oct. 6, random Domino’s Pizza delivery orders from both McKinney locations will be selected for delivery by a MFD fire truck.

“When we arrive, if your home has working smoke alarms, your pizza is free,” said Stacie Durham, spokeswoman for the MFD, in a news release. “If your alarms aren’t working, we can change batteries or install new alarms.”

According to MFD officials, research shows three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” Durham said in a news release. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.”

To increase your chances of surviving a home fire:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all do.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Change alarm batteries regularly.  Remember, change your clock–change your battery.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do when they hear it.