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New ‘Sound the Alarm’ website launched to reduce fire hazards in residential homes

Community fire prevention program strengthened with launch of educational ‘Sound the Alarm’ website
Home safety checks, installation of smoke alarms and the like are made easy with Sound the Alarm website

The International Code Council (ICC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the release of the Sound the Alarm website.

Sound the Alarm is a community outreach and education program designed to reduce rural community fire hazards and other potential dangers in residential homes. The ICC received a Fire Prevention & Safety Grant to implement Sound the Alarm, and the NVFC is assisting with the execution of this pilot program.

Through Sound the Alarm, teams of fire department members, Fire Corps volunteers, and building officials conduct home safety checks, install smoke alarms, and complete follow-up evaluations. The pilot program is being conducted in rural areas in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, three states with high fire death rates. All materials used in the Sound the Alarm pilot program are donated to the teams, including smoke alarms, tool boxes, and tool kits.

The new Sound the Alarm website allows the pilot program teams, as well as other interested persons and those looking to conduct a similar campaign in their community, to access all of the resources online. Helpful tools include a home safety checklist, smoke alarm data sheet, website banners, and much more. Online forms are also available for departments to declare their desire to participate or for local families to request smoke alarm installations for their own home.

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