Albuquerque, NM – Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure. If your smoke alarm is 10 years or older, you don’t know how old it is, or it’s not functioning correctly- It’s time to replace it.
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, AFD & BCFD are joining forces again with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
For the second year in a row, AFD & BCFD are partnering up on a Smoke Alarm Distribution Project. During this community risk reduction project, AFD and BCFD will distribute two free smoke alarms per household to city and county homeowners until supplies last.
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How to Get Free Smoke Alarms
- Albuquerque homeowners can pick up smoke alarms at the Fire Marshal’s Office located at 724 Silver SW (8th/Silver, behind Fire Station 1) during normal business hours. M-F 8am-5pm.
- Bernalillo County homeowners can go to www.bernco.gov/fire or call 505-468-7777 to fill out an application.
Smoke alarms will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis during the month of October until supplies lasts.
“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Albuquerque and Bernalillo County residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
“Albuquerque and Bernalillo County citizens are not immune to the tragedy of fires, they can happen anytime and anywhere. We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to not only have a smoke detector, but also to ensure they are within the life expectancy to provide the best protection possible,” said Bernalillo County Fire Chief Chris Celaya. “Protect yourself and your family by installing smoke alarms.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.