Monday, September 16, 2013 - 11:07am
City of Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis will announce the department's latest smoke alarm installation project at a news conference on Tuesday, September 17. The news conference will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Fire Station 6 located at 825 W. Badger Road.
Earlier this year a Fire Prevention and Safety grant was awarded to the Madison Fire Department to purchase and install smoke alarms for 1,000 homes where young children, older adults, and people with disabilities are living.
To qualify for free smoke alarms, recipients must:
• Own their home and live in the City of Madison and
• Someone living in the home must be:
o Age 65 or older or
o Age 5 or younger or
o Have a disability
The Madison Fire Department is encouraging residents who meet the criteria to contact the Madison Fire Department Community Education Office at 266-4709. Besides the alarms and installation, residents will also receive fire safety information and materials.
The Fire Prevention and Safety grant program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, enhances fire departments' ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards.
The City of Madison Fire Department received $69,600 to help our at-risk residents receive early warning in the event of a fire in their home. Smoke alarms provide early warning of fires, allow people more time to safely escape, and reduce fire deaths and injuries. Early detection of fires often results in smaller fires which cause less property damage and present less danger to the firefighters who must respond to the fires.
Smoke alarm requirements for Madison homeowners were updated in 2009 to improve fire safety for all residents. The ordinance requires:
• Replacement of any smoke alarm more than 10 years old
• One smoke alarm on each level of the home
• One smoke alarm in each bedroom or sleeping area
• One smoke alarm outside of each bedroom or sleeping area within six feet of the door leading to a bedroom or sleeping area
• Smoke alarms must be powered by a 10-year long life lithium battery
- Eric Dahl, 608-261-9845