Smoke Detector Program
Working smoke alarms save lives.
There is no doubt that the earliest notification of a fire in your home gives you the best chances of getting out alive. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a huge role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Most people underestimate how fast fire grows and how quickly the smoke spreads.
Our Fire Prevention and Education program also provides free smoke detectors and installation services to the residents of the communities we serve with some restrictions on the number of alarms provided and household size and resident age. Please contact the Administrative Offices to inquire about this program.
Here’s what you need to know:
At a minimum, install smoke alarms in each bedroom where residents sleep.
Place a smoke alarm in the hallway outside the bedrooms.
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire so Close Before You Doze!
Interconnected hard-wired smoke alarms are recommended because when one alarm senses smoke and alarms, they all alarm. If you install regular battery-powered alarms be very diligent about changing batteries once a year or when they begin to chirp.
Both types (interconnected and battery-powered) have 9 volt batteries that must be changed once a year or when they begin to chirp. When one begins to chirp, change the batteries in every smoke alarm. The system sometimes chooses one alarm to chirp when the low battery is in another alarm in the system.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Many new smoke alarms come with a 10-year battery that does not need to be periodically replaced.
DOWNLOAD: NFPA Smoke Alarms At Home