The St. Louis Fire Department conducted its two-day semi-annual “smoke alarm blitz” this past weekend. Done in partnership with the Eastern Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross, the blitz featured the installation of 10-year battery ionization smoke alarms in residents’ homes.
During the blitz, the fire department also installed combination carbon monoxide/photoelectric alarms. In all, 1,400 alarms were installed. Teams conducted home safety planning, discussing basic fire safety tips with residents at more than 500 homes.
Departments interested in conducting their own smoke alarm installations and education programs can refer to the smoke alarm page of the NFPA website, which includes the smoke alarm safety tip sheet, an educational video, and the latest report on smoke alarms in U.S.
In addition, the smoke alarm installation and maintenance page of the website includes “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program,” a comprehensive guide including everything needed to get started, from tips on how to select volunteers, to pointers on soliciting donations and publicizing your program.
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