Oak Creek Fire Department Offers Free Smoke AlarmsShare This +
Smoke detectors are vital to alerting occupants of a fire in their residence. During difficult economic times, the Oak Creek Fire Department would like to make sure that all citizens have access to smoke detectors. The Fire Department has a limited number of smoke detectors available.
If you would like to request a smoke detector, please contact Lieutenant Scott Kasten.
Smoke alarm installation and maintenance tips:
- Choose a smoke alarm that bears the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside all sleeping areas.
- For added safety, install smoke alarms in every room where people sleep.
- To increase safety, have a qualified electrician install hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.
- Install a new battery in all smoke alarms at least once a year. Install a new battery immediately if an alarm “chirps” to indicate a low battery.
- Replace smoke alarms that use extended-life, lithium batteries when the alarm “chirps” or fails to respond to periodic testing. The batteries in these units cannot be replaced.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Test smoke alarms every month. Use the test button, or an approved smoke substitute, and clean the units, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use an open-flame device to test the alarm.
- Special smoke alarms are made for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These alarms use strobe lights. Vibrating devices may also help in some cases.
Source: NFPA and NIFRS survey data