Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and local firefighters deliver smoke detectors and pizzas Thursday, Oct. 24

October 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE – Pizza topped with cheese – and prevention – may just save your life. Area firefighters are “Delivering Fire Prevention,” a program of Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24. The program is designed to increase awareness about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in every home, while reminding homeowners to check alarms monthly and change batteries yearly.

Families with children age 14 and younger will be chosen at random to have their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If they have working alarms in their home, their pizza will be free, compliments of the pizza restaurant. Some families may receive a free carbon monoxide detector, and all families will receive fire prevention education from Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin.

Fire departments and communities from four counties across Southeast Wisconsin are participating, including:
 
•    Belgium
•    Cedarburg
•    Cudahy
•    Franklin
•    Fredonia
•    Germantown
•    Jackson
•    Kewaskum
•    North Prairie
•    Pewaukee
•    Port Washington
•    South Milwaukee
•    Wales/Genesee
•    Waubeka
•    West Bend
 
Delivering Fire Prevention is sponsored by Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and participating fire departments and pizza restaurants.

Children in homes without working smoke alarms are at greater risk of fire-related injury or death.
Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin recommends:
• Installing smoke alarms on every level in your home and in each bedroom.
• Cleaning and checking smoke alarms once every month to ensure they work properly.
• Changing batteries yearly (unless it’s a lithium battery, which is replaced when the alarm is replaced).
• Replacing smoke detectors every 10 years.

Get more fire safety tips at safekidswi.org.

A member of Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin works to prevent accidental injuries, the leading cause of death among children age 14 and younger. The four-county (Milwaukee, Ozaukee,
Washington, Waukesha) coalition combines the expertise of community agencies and individuals to prevent childhood injuries through collaboration, education, policy and advocacy initiatives. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is its lead agency.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in 9 specialty areas in U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s Hospital invested more than $117 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s
Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is
proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.