Sounding the Alarm: Smoke detector safety

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – We are more than twice as likely to die in a fire if our homes do not have a working smoke alarm and three out of every five home fire deaths are in homes with either no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.

Those statistics from the National Fire Protection Association has the Rockford Fire Department being proactive when it comes to homes in our neighborhoods have working smoke alarms.

23 News Anchor Mike Garrigan tagged along with RFD’s Fire Prevention Coordinator Tim Morris and his crew for one of the department’s periodic home safety surveys. During the safety surveys firefighters go to homes in neighborhoods with a high number of fire calls or near a recent home fire fatality and hand out and install free smoke detectors.

In Sounding the Alarm, find out the three rules of smoke alarm upkeep, plus find out what to look for when buying a new smoke detector.