In November of 2008, our department initiated a proactive fire safety campaign designed to ensure that all county residents have working smoke alarms in their homes.
Since the program started we have found that we are actually going into roughly 20% of the homes whose doors we knock on. Of that, roughly 50% of those homes do not have a working smoke alarm! The good news is that they will before we leave!
Why is it important to have working smoke alarms in your home? About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and they can reduce your risk of dying form a fire in your home by almost half!
Here are some updated numbers from our door to door campaign through the end of April:
Homes Visited: 35,193
Smoke Alarms Installed: 1,075
Batteries Installed: 1,233
So there are several thousand homes in Montgomery County that are now a little bit safer as a result of our program! Do not wait for us to stop by your home. Take a moment now to “Put A Finger On It” and test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working!
Program Manager, Community Safety Education