Firehouse Subs® Sounds the Alarm for October Fire Safety Month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Oct. 1, Firehouse Subs will kick off its annual fundraising initiative in support of Fire Safety Month to raise much-needed funds for Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The month-long fundraiser encourages patrons to support their local heroes by purchasing $1 and $5 medallions available at all 534 restaurants. Guests who purchase a medallion will receive a free Duracell® 9-volt battery for their home smoke detector while supplies last. All funds raised benefit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by the co-founders' 200 years of family firefighting heritage.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation began in 2005 directly following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and provides funding, resources and support to first-responders and public safety organizations. Established as a non-profit 501(c)(3), the Foundation has donated more than $5 million to hometown heroes in 33 states and Puerto Rico. Funds are raised through individual donations, register donation canisters, a round up program that allow guests to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar, and pickle bucket sales. Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to customers for $2.

In support of Fire Safety Month, Firehouse Subs is sharing the following fire safety tips to help families maintain a safe home:

  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every six months.
  • Always turn car engines off when pumping gas.
  • Give space heaters their space – at least three feet from anything flammable – and turn space heaters off before bed.
  • To extinguish charcoal grill fires, close the lid and vents and if the fire persists, douse the grill with water from a distance. Remember: never use a charcoal grill indoors.
  • Keep charged fire extinguishers handy in the home and in vehicles.
  • Use baking soda instead of water on grease fires.
  • Program ICE (In Case of Emergency) in cell phones for EMS, police and fire contacts.
  • Long grilling utensils are best to avoid burns.
  • If an appliance smokes or smells, unplug it immediately and have the appliance repaired or replaced.
  • Store matches and lighters safely out of kids' reach.

Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, is a 535-unit fast casual restaurant chain. Firehouse Subs offers oversized portions of premium hand-sliced meats and cheeses, steamed to make the flavors burst, then piled high with fresh produce atop a toasted sub roll. The restaurants reflect the authentic firefighter heritage of the founding family's 200 years of firefighting service.

For more information or to donate online, please visit Firehousesubs.com, Facebook.com/firehousesubs or follow us on Twitter at @firehousesubs or @savinglives.

SOURCE Firehouse Subs