We're Out To Alarm Texas
Saving lives, one smoke alarm at a time.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2019 there were:
- 481,500 structure fires in the United States
- 3,700 American lives lost
- Two-thirds of fire-related deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarm
NFPA also notes that the risk of dying is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
The “We're Out to Alarm Texas" campaign was created to help prevent the loss of life and property by providing smoke alarms to Texans through their local fire department. Initially, ICT worked with the State Fire Marshal’s Office to designate cities that had high fire fatalities, and soon expanded the “We're Out to Alarm Texas” program to include other cities that learned of the program’s success and asked to be included. The “We're Out to Alarm Texas” program started in 2005 and has grown every year to include more than 25,000 smoke alarms donated to over 50 Texas fire departments.
The program is made possible by grants from and partnerships with The Travelers Companies, Inc., State Farm, AFACT, and First Alert.
Fire departments must be willing to install donated smoke alarms into homes on a first come/first served basis. Firefighters will install the new alarms and inspect each home to make sure other smoke alarms are working properly and point out potential fire hazards. Each fire department keeps track of where they have installed the smoke alarms so that firefighters can determine if the alarms were instrumental in saving lives or property.
The SFMO maintains a list of fire departments with smoke alarm programs. If your city isn’t listed, contact your local fire department and inquire if they participate in a smoke alarm program.
Click here for additional information on the value of a working smoke alarm in your home from the NFPA.