Firefighters from the City of Fayetteville Fire Department will visit residents this Saturday, November 4, to perform free smoke alarm inspections, replace batteries, and install smoke alarms as needed. It’s part of a community-wide fire prevention effort.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the international nonprofit leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety and official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, working smoke alarms are the key to saving lives from fire. “Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device there is,” says Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s division manager for public education. “Just having a smoke alarm in your home cuts your chance of dying in a reported fire in half.
“Fire can grow and spread through a home in a matter of minutes,” says Comoletti. “That’s why the advance warning provided by smoke alarms can be essential to saving lives. By participating in this community smoke alarm installation, the City of Fayetteville Fire Department is helping to ensure that residents are safer in their homes.”
This campaign is part of an effort to reach our residents, including older adults, young people, and residents of neighborhoods who are vulnerable to fire deaths. Installing smoke alarms in the homes of Fayetteville residents who don’t have them will increase their odds of surviving a home fire. Funding for the smoke alarms is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
During the smoke alarm installation program, local firefighters will fan out through the area, visiting Fayetteville residents. Those who wish to schedule a home visit should call Stephaene Core, Community Risk Reduction Officer, at 770-719-4054.
The installation program was made possible through an awarded federal grant funding opportunity. “Our goal is to ensure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm,” says Core, “because smoke alarms alone won’t prevent every fire death. Our project includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan, so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”