A number of fire departments find that an effective way to reach residents in need of smoke alarms is to keep alarms on the truck. That way, smoke alarms are with firefighters when they answer a call.
“It is important to always be prepared for “on-the-spot” installations because the greatest challenges with outfitting every home in our community with a working smoke alarm are identifying the homes that need them,” says Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief David Girouard.
Additional helpful hints from Girouard and other fire and safety officials are included in NFPA’s “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program.”
The guide, which can be downloaded at no cost from the NFPA website, helps communities plan and implement their own smoke alarm installation programs in which firefighters and trained volunteers install smoke alarms and batteries. More smoke alarm safety information is available on the NFPA website.