Smoke alarms save lives! It is the single most valuable lifesaving device you can have in your home. An operable smoke alarm more than doubles your chances of surviving a fire.
The CFD alarm program started supplying and installing smoke alarms for elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income residents of the city in 1988. We now assist all residents who need assistance with smoke alarm installation and battery replacement. Our members continue to visit schools and attend community events to promote alarms and conduct door-to-door canvases in residential neighborhoods to make sure our citizens are protected.
Keep your smoke alarm working! It’s up to you to make sure your smoke alarm will provide a lifesaving early warning in the event of a fire!
Alarms vs. Detectors
Smoke "alarm" usually refers to a type of device typically found in the home. It is a stand-alone device, typically powered by a 9 volt battery, which detects smoke and provides an alarm. Smoke "detector" refers to a device that is part of a fire alarm system - it detects smoke but requires other devices to generate an alarm.
Types of Alarms
There are generally two types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. Both are suitable for use in your home. Photoelectric alarms are the most reliable for smoldering fires which may occur in bedrooms or sitting rooms. Ionization alarms are the most reliable for detecting flaming fires, which may occur in the kitchen or garage. Combination smoke alarms featuring both photoelectric and ionization technology also are available.
Review the manufacturers installation instruction for your alarms. Generally, you should:
Consider these tips when installing alarm:
Maintenance & Testing
Smoke alarms frequently are set off by bathroom steam or cooking vapors. Rather than take the battery out of your alarm, do the following:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Smoke Alarms, commonly called “bed-shakers,” are not smoke alarms. They work in conjunction with your smoke alarms to notify deaf and hard of hearing individuals of the alarm activation and a possible life-threatening fire emergency.
Attempts will be made to fulfill approved requests as quickly as possible. Applications are processed by State Fire within a few weeks of receiving an application. The devices are then sent to the local fire department for installation.