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Fire Prevention: Free Home Smoke Alarms

Don't wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

Does your home have a smoke alarm?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the answer is likely yes: National Fire Protection Association 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.

Time to Replace Smoke Alarm

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, Albuquerque Fire Department & Bernalillo County Fire Department are joining forces again with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 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, Albuquerque Fire Department & Bernalillo County Fire Department are partnering up on a Smoke Alarm Distribution Project.

During this community risk reduction project, Albuquerque Fire Department and Bernalillo County Fire Department will distribute two free smoke alarms per household to city and county homeowners on a first come, first serve bases during the month of October until supplies last.

How to: Receive Free Smoke Alarms

Prevent Tragedy

"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 National Fire Protection Association 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.

Alarm Testing & Prepardness

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.

More Information: Fire Prevention Week

View 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."