NFPA Releases “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires” Report

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a report “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires” that found roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. In one-quarter (24 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound due to dead or disconnected batteries.

The risk of dying in reported home structure fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. Fire Corps teams can utilize many of the resources Fire Corps has to offer to ensure residents in their community protect their home and family from fire.

The Sound the Alarm campaign allows teams of Fire Corps volunteers, department members, and building officials to conduct home safety checks, install smoke alarms, and complete follow up evaluations. All materials are donated to the teams, including smoke alarms, tool boxes, and tool kits. This program was piloted in rural areas of Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Resources are available on the Sound the Alarm web site to help departments and Fire Corps teams that would like to execute a similar campaign in their community. If you would like to place your Fire Corps team on a list to be considered for the program in the event the program is expanded to other states, fill out this form.

Fire Corps can also help residents in their community protect their homes from fire by requesting free smoke alarms through the Fire Corps smoke alarm donation program, sponsored by First Alert. Registered Fire Corps programs can apply to receive up to 12 dual sensor smoke alarms, or 24 photo smoke alarms, or 24 ion smoke alarms to install in their community.

To take advantage of this donation program, fill out the Smoke Alarm Request form found on the Fire Corps web site at Donations will be made to registered Fire Corps programs while supplies last, so act quickly to take advantage of this offer.