County of Los Angeles
FIRE CAPTAIN TOM RICHARDS
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (323) 881-2413
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
|FIRE CHIEF DARYL L. OSBY|
1320 N. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Smoking in bed victim saved by smoke detector
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: LACoFD Public Affairs
L.A. County Resident Suffers Serious Injuries
After Smoking in Bed
On Monday, October 1, 2012, at 8:41 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the City of Pomona. The resident admitted to fire investigators that he caused the fire after falling asleep in bed with a lit cigarette. Fortunately, smoke detectors at his home were working properly, giving him just enough warning to get outside upon the arrival of firefighters at 8:44 p.m., but not before sustaining severe burns. .
As bad as this most recent incident was, it could have been much worse had the smoke detectors in this home not been operational. Residents are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice per year when changing their clocks in the fall and spring.
Smoking in bed is one of the most preventable causes of fire in the nation. From 2008 through 2010, there were nearly 23,000 smoking-related fires nationally, resulting in the deaths of 1,100 persons. A 54-year-old resident ofPico Rivera was killed earlier this year.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds everyone that smoking in bed is a negligent and highly preventable cause for fires that brings tragedy to families.
****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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