Opelika Fire offers free fire safety procedures and smoke detectors
OPELIKA, Ala (WRBL) – The Opelika Fire Department is installing free smoke detectors for Opelika families. The “Get Alarmed, Alabama” program partners with local fire departments, Alabama Fire College, State Fire Marshal, and InTouch, LLC to provide life-saving devices to families in need. Three in five deaths from home fires occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
“In the fire department, we try to make sure that we don’t just put out the fires, but we go ahead and do everything we can to prevent the fire from happening in the first place,” Parsons said.
“Get Alarmed, Alabama” encourages Opelika families to call the fire department, request a safety visit, and get a free smoke detector, if needed.
“We go out and access their situation with regard to fire alarms. Then if we see any gaps in a part of the house that is not covered, we install a fire alarm based on the fire prevention code, ”Parsons said.
Keep in mind that smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. Additionally, an alarm is required for every room in the house, as half of all fire deaths occur when families typically sleep.
“It is part of our mission to develop great public awareness. I think this program does a good job of that. Plus, we meet people in public in happier circumstances than usual, ”Parsons said.
The “Be Alarmed, Alabama” program comes as temperatures across Alabama drop, opening up more possibilities for accidental fires in our homes. Parsons urges families not to overload electrical outlets, leave burning candles or food on the stovetop, and watch out for heaters.
If you are interested in receiving a smoke detector, please call the Opelika Fire Department at 334-705-5300 to schedule.