Smoke Alarm information
SMOKE ALARM PROGRAM
The Aberdeen Fire Department is excited to partner with The American Red Cross in a joint effort to make our community safer by providing free smoke alarms to the citizens of Aberdeen. This partnership allows the fire department to provide a fire safety assessment of your home, and if needed the installation of free smoke alarms provided by the American Red Cross.
The majority of deadly home fires happen at night, when people are asleep. Smoke alarms can provide an early warning of a fire, giving occupants additional time to escape. This additional time can be the difference from life or death.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
Maintaining your smoke alarm
It’s important to properly maintain your home smoke alarms. It is recommended that you test your alarm's batteries once a month and that you change out the batteries twice a year.
Replace SMOKE alarms every 10 years
Smoke alarms lose their effectiveness over time and should be replaced at least every 10 years. To ﬁnd out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).
If you are having problems with your smoke alarm, the Aberdeen Fire Department can assist in troubleshooting your alarm, or we can install smoke alarms that you already have.
Help with smoke alarms
The Aberdeen Fire Department also has specialized smoke alarms for people with hearing disabilities.