Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson announced Monday a new grant program to provide volunteer fire departments with free smoke alarms for Hoosiers. The program was made possible through a $10,000 grant from State Farm® Insurance.
Last year was a tragic year in Indiana for fire-related deaths. There were a total of 85 reported to the State Fire Marshal in 2013, and so far this year 40 fatalities have been reported.
“A properly placed and functioning smoke alarm can give families the precious extra seconds they need to get to safety,” said Greeson.
Greeson hopes to provide 500 smoke alarms with 10-year batteries to volunteer fire departments that may not have the resources to purchase them for their communities.
Fire departments can apply online at: http://www.in.gov/dhs/3858.htm. Grant guidelines and additional information on the program can be found at that link.
By law (IC 22-11-18-3.5), all residences in Indiana should have a working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the residence, and outside each sleeping area.
Hoosiers should test smoke alarms at least once a month, and change the batteries at least once a year. Smoke alarms should also be replaced about every 10 years.
For more information about smoke alarms and fire safety, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.