MFD Joins United Way Day of Caring for Smoke Alarm Installation

August 23, 2010

The City of Madison Fire Department will once again participate in the United Way Day of Caring on Tuesday, August 24 to continue its program of smoke alarm installations.

With the City's smoke alarm ordinance now in effect for single family, owner-occupied homes, many residents are in need of new or additional smoke alarms.

Under the newly adopted ordinance, all smoke alarms must have a 10-year battery in a tamper-resistant alarm unit. 9-volt batteries will no longer be used UNLESS they are being used as a battery back-up to a hard-wired alarm.

The ordinance also requires additional alarms in the residence:
oIn each bedroom
oIn each sleeping area
oWithin six feet of each door leading to a bedroom or sleeping area of each unit
oOn each floor of the building

Members of the Department, including firefighters from Local 311 will join Department retirees and other volunteers to form teams of three people for education and installation in homes occupied by older adults, young children, and people with disabilities.

Contact:
  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947