Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
By Deputy Chief Jeffrey Huggins
November 1, 2017

Did you know that most home fire deaths happen when people are asleep (between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.)? Don’t let this happen to you. Keep your family safe by installing smoke alarms and testing them monthly to make sure they work.

Importance of Smoke Alarms
Nationally, the fire service has emphasized, for years, the importance of having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in your home. This emphasis is no different in Frederick County and the message is clear - smoke alarms save lives. Yet, our experience shows that it is still an all-too-common occurrence to find residences with non-working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all. This is not an acceptable risk to us in the fire and rescue service and it does not have to be a risk that you and your loved ones have to accept. Through a weekly door-to-door campaign over the past year, your local fire departments have visited over 4,000 homes, installed over 500 smoke alarms, replaced over 300 smoke alarm batteries, and checked over 1,500 smoke alarms for proper operation. A phone call or email is all that it takes to make sure that you, your family, and loved ones have working smoke alarms in your home. If you cannot afford smoke alarms, your local fire department will install 10-year, lithium battery-powered smoke alarms for you and at no charge. If you need help testing, changing batteries, installing or replacing your smoke alarm, or just have questions, we are there to help as well. Remember, 65% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Why live with this statistic when you do not have to? Your smoke alarms are the single most important piece of equipment in your home and probably the cheapest to maintain. Please read the smoke alarm information contained on this website and call today if you need assistance. There's no excuse for not having properly installed or maintained smoke alarms!

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