We're Out To Alarm Texas
We're Out To Alarm Texas Infographic
Initially, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) worked with the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) to designate cities that had high fire fatalities. The program expanded to include other cities that learned of the program’s success and asked to be included. Fire departments must be willing to install donated smoke alarms into homes on a first come/first serve basis and report on the success of lives that have been saved. The program started in 2005 and has grown every year to include more than 20,000 smoke alarms donated to over 50 Texas fire departments.
Smoke Alarm Donation Locations
Once a city agrees to participate in the program and local officials announce the availability of the smoke alarms, residents in each city must contact the local fire department to enroll. 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.
Watch a video of the life saving program below.
The National Fire Protection Association provides this additional information on the value of a working smoke alarm in your home: https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms.