Colorado Springs firefighters work to help mobile home communities prevent fires

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — The Colorado Springs Fire Department partnered with the Red Cross to install fire and carbon monoxide alarms in people’s homes Saturday morning.

This effort took place during Fire Prevention Week and Fire Prevention Month for the city. The initiative covered 250 households in four different communities. The CSFD said it is focusing primarily on mobile homes due to the higher likelihood of a fire breaking out and becoming destructive.

“Mobile homes, the hard part is that they’re much more flammable than our single-family homes that are in different types of neighborhoods,” said CSFD’s Sunny Smaldino. “And also, they’re so close together that they tend to catch fire a lot faster than your next-door neighbours.”

A man lost his life at Skylark Mobile Home Park earlier this year in a fire that destroyed eight homes. Skylark was with those who received these alarms. The others were Emerald Acres Mobile Home Community, Panoramic Mobile Home Court and Falcon Mobile Home Park.

This was part of a proactive approach by the fire department to preventing fires.

“If there’s a fire, it means we don’t have enough on the prevention side,” Smaldino said. “It starts with that, it starts with not having a bad day.”

The fire department also has fire extinguishers to give to residents as part of this program, which they hope to continue for years to come.

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