Dr. Booker King, Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, served as featured speaker as part of the ongoing partnership with ABC11’s Operation Save a Life to help North Carolinians prevent injuries from fire and other burns. Dozens of North Carolinians die in a fire every year, with some years surpassing 100 fatalities, and many more sustain life-altering burns. As part of this effort, the campaign recently put smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the hands of North Carolina residents.
Operation Save a Life is a campaign designed to increase public awareness of fire safety, carbon monoxide awareness, and reduce devastating losses that can occur as a result of fires and CO poisoning.
Each year in October, communities throughout North America celebrate the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s Fire Prevention Week, the oldest running public health observance in the U.S. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week.
Operation Save A Life builds on Fire Prevention Week and provides support throughout the month of October. This fire safety program kicks off in early October with a press conference, where donated smoke and CO alarms are donated to fire departments. These units are then distributed out into the community and help raise awareness among the public.