I don’t know why it happens this way, but common themes for smoke alarm success stories seem to come in waves. Last week, I reported on three home fires where smoke alarms had recently been installed in homes through local fire departments’ installation programs. In each incident, the working smoke alarms alerted the occupants to fire, enabling them all to escape safely.
A similar success story occurred early this morning when a family in Cherry Hill, NJ, awoke to smoke alarms sounding and discovered a fire on the first floor of their home. Just two months prior, the Cherry Hill Fire Department had replaced the family’s smoke alarms.
Clearly, smoke alarm installation programs carry life-saving potential.
For fire departments and/or safety educators who want more information on how to conduct an installation program in their communities, NFPA’s newly updated guide, “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program”, includes everything you need, from tips on how to select volunteers, to pointers on soliciting donations and publicizing the program.