(Goodyear, AZ) In an effort to better educate communities
throughout the U.S. about smoke alarm recommendations, the nonprofit National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA ) is promoting “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You
Can Live With!” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign,
October 3-9, which Goodyear is supporting locally. NFPA has been the official
sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.
“Many homes in Goodyear may not have any smoke alarms, not enough
smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working,” says
Tanja Tanner, Community Education Coordinator of the Goodyear Fire
Department. “We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are
needed in every home, on every level (including the basement), outside each
sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old
or older, it needs to be replaced.”
According to Tanja Tanner, smoke alarms can mean the difference
between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke
alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be
working properly to do so. The association’s data shows that many homes have
smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of
missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire
deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke
During Fire Prevention Week, the Goodyear Fire Department will be
hosting activities like CPR across America on October 3rd at the
Goodyear Ballpark from 1pm to 4pm and a smoke alarm awareness walk for the
Canada Village Community. Partnering with The Foundation for Burns and
Trauma has made no cost smoke alarms available for installation into homes
currently not meeting NFPA recommendations and will be installed free of
charge. The theme this year’s “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is
aimed at promoting fire and life safety, by educating all Goodyear residents
on the importance of the NFPA’s smoke alarm recommendations. Through these
educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the
power of smoke alarms, newer options for installing and maintaining them
properly, and ultimately, how to better protect their loved ones from fire.
NFPA and Goodyear Fire Department agree that interconnected smoke
alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. This is
particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from
distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud
enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.
“Most people have a sense of complacency about smoke alarms because
they already have one in their homes. Fire Prevention Week provides an
excellent opportunity to re-educate people about smoke alarms, new
technologies and expanded options for installation and maintenance,” says
Judy Comoletti, division manager for NFPA public education. “Ultimately, we
want this year’s campaign to serve as a call to action for households
nationwide to inspect their homes to ensure that their families have the full
smoke alarm protection that’s recommended.”
Goodyear Fire Department offers the following tips for making sure
smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:
smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure
everyone in your home knows their sound.
an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right
all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired
alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly
remove or disable a smoke alarm.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and
activities in Goodyear, Arizona, please contact the Goodyear Fire Department
at 623 932 2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!,” visit NFPA’s
Web site at www. firepreventionweek.org .