St. Louis fire official says smoke alarm installation programs help save lives

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Jul 22, 2014



!|src=|alt=SMOKE ALARM GUIDE COVER SHOT|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=SMOKE ALARM GUIDE COVER SHOT|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73decbbb4970d img-responsive!The overall goal of any successful smoke alarm installation program is to save lives, says St. Louis Fire Department Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, and evaluating the program’s effectiveness is key. Phillips is one of many officials featured 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.

Phillips said his department tracks installations by ZIP code, gathers information on the number of people living in the home to identify a baseline, cross-references the information periodically to determine the number of lives saved, and conducts follow-up surveys to determine behavior changes.


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