Free Smoke Detector Program
The Free Smoke Detector Program is designed to reduce fire related injuries and deaths by installing smoke alarms in high-risk privately-owned homes. The program is administered in Grovetown by the Fire Rescue Division.
Cooperating fire departments in this statewide program identify high-risk areas within their jurisdictions. They then canvas those areas and install smoke alarms and provide fire safety education.
The program requires a major investment for the Fire Rescue division. Each home visit takes around 20 minutes and requires two firefighters to educate, fill out forms and install alarms. The program is currently being conducted in more than 25 areas of the state. Approved homes are chosen from applications submitted to the Fire Rescue Division and approval is based on the availability of funds.
An estimated 100-plus lives have been saved in Georgia by smoke alarms installed by the program in the past five years of funding. This number is more than any other state carrying out the program. During this period, the program visited more than 20,000 homes.
The program is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Georgia Division of Public Health. Resources are also provided by the Family Health Branch of the Georgia Division of Public Health and by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The program is conducted in cooperation with the Georgia Office of the Fire Marshal.
Contact the Fire Rescue Division to request a smoke detector.