Fire Rescue and Red Cross Partner for Smoke Alarm Safety
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2018) - Following a fatal fire that occurred in a Hillsborough County neighborhood last week, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is partnering with the Red Cross to install free smoke alarms for local residents who need them, and bring attention to the importance of having working smoke alarms.
With more than 250 smoke alarms on hand, as well as drills and step ladders to assist with installation, the Fire Rescue and Red Cross team will canvass the neighborhood beginning Thursday morning, and is expected to visit approximately 30 homes along Lee Street and Ross Street. The team will promote ways to ensure smoke alarms work, and install free smoke alarms for any residents in need of them.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of fatal home fires in half. In fact, 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home, and the majority happen at night when most people are sleeping. When smoke alarms fail to sound, it's usually because they have missing, dead, or disconnected batteries. Residents should test smoke alarms at least once a month, and replace them every 10 years.
Residents living in unincorporated Hillsborough County that own their home and do not have a working smoke alarm may request a free one from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue by calling (813) 272-6600 orat the Project SAFE page.