According to the National Fire Protection Association working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. That's why the Mesquite Office of Emergency Management partnered with the American Red Cross' Home Fire Campaign and United Mega Care to "Sound the Alarm!" on the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home.
Some more facts about the importance of smoke detectors;
In 2005–2009, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
No smoke alarms were present in 38% of the home fire deaths.
In 24% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound
In half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
On Saturday June 18, 2022 the Office of Emergency Management supported United Mega Care and the American Red Cross as they educated a local Mesquite community on the importance of having working smoke detectors in the home.
On that day United Mega Care and American Red Cross volunteers fanned out and walked the streets of the Northridge Estates neighborhood behind Evan's Recreation Center knocking on doors to educate residents on the importance of smoke detectors in the home. They also installed FREE smoke detectors for those residents who requested them.
FREE smoke detector installation is available to ANYONE in the North Central Texas region! If live in the North Central Texas region and would like to register to have free smoke detectors installed in your home by the American Red Cross please fill out the request for located here.