Smoke alarms save lives! It is the single most valuable lifesaving device you can have in your home. An operable smoke alarm more than doubles your chances of surviving a fire.
The Alarm Program began in 1988 with the Charleston Fire Department supplying and installing smoke alarms for the elderly. handicapped, and low-income residents of the city. Now, smoke alarms are provided to any citizen who needs one. Department personnel also visit schools, community events, and often check door-to-door to ensure residents have an operable smoke alarm. As a result, the department installs and provides annual follow-up inspections on hundreds of smoke alarms each year.
To have a free smoke alarm installed in your house, please contact the Charleston Fire Department at 843-720-1981.
Choosing the correct installation location and performing routine testing is critical to ensure your family's safety.
Keep your smoke alarm working! It's up to you to make sure your smoke alarm will provide a lifesaving early warning in the event of a fire.
Smoke "alarms" usually refers to a type of device typically found in the home. It is a stand-alone device, typically powered by a 9 volt battery, which detects smoke and provides an alarm. Smoke "detectors" refers to a device that is part of a fire alarm system - it detects smoke but requires other devices to generate an alarm.
Smoke alarms frequently are set off by bathroom steam or cooking vapors. Rather than take the battery out of your alarm, do the following:
There are two kinds of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. Both are suitable for use in your home.