Final Shipment of Smoke Alarms Signals End to Installation Program

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 5:09am

The City of Madison Fire Department will receive its final shipment of smoke alarms this week, signaling the end of the Department's wildly successful installation program. Thus far, the Department has installed alarms in more than 400 homes, bringing them into compliance with the City's new smoke alarm ordinance. Another 600 homes are scheduled for installations later this month and into November.

The opportunity is the result of two federal grants that came in the wake of the City's adoption of the ordinance. The Department received approximately $75,000 to purchase and install smoke alarms in homes whose occupants include young children, older adults and people living with a disability.

Every member of the Department's Prevention Unit, Command Staff, Administrative Staff, and Fire Fighters Local 311 has worked on various aspects of the grant.

The Department typically uses the month of October to visit the City's elementary schools with interactive programming that teaches fire safety and prevention.

This year, in lieu of the Department visiting schools personally, the Community Education has provided lesson plans based on the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 2010 campaign theme: Smoke Alarms, A Sound You Can Live With.

An estimated 95% of American homes have smoke alarms. What's less clear is how many are outdated or inoperable. Smoke alarms are designed to be replaced every 10 years. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including the basement. According to the NFPA, which develops NFPA 72, National Smoke Alarm Code®, many homes still don't have that level of protection. Unfortunately, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths per year result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms at all or no working smoke alarms.

  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947