BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire safety inspections to interested community members.
The Fire Department will deliver, install and test smoke detectors. They can also provide fire safety tips and evaluate a home for potential fire hazards. The goal is to work to prevent fires and to save lives when a fire does happen.
“We’d like to get out and help people,” Capt. Dave Krumenacker said.
Smoke detectors can help alert people inside a home to a fire, increasing their chances of getting out alive.
“A $5 smoke detector is 500 times better than no smoke detector at all,” Krumenacker said. “They are a lifesaving device.”
To request a smoke detector, call the Fire Department at 785-8605.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
For those with working smoke detectors, it is recommended to change the batteries at least once a year during Daylight Savings Time.
A study conducted in 2008 found 96 percent of homes had at least one smoke detector, but 40 percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires in which no smoke alarms were present and 23 percent of deaths caused by fires were in homes with alarms that failed to operate.
There were no working smoke detectors in a trailer that was engulfed by a fire in March. Two adults died in that fire. Five children were able to escape.