Tulsa Firefighters Working To Get Smoke Detectors In Every Residence

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 8:58 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- This week is National Fire Prevention Week and Tulsa firefighters are promoting a simple device that can help save your life.  That device is a smoke detector. 

The Tulsa Fire Department has several programs to help promote smoke alarms.

Four times a year the Tulsa Fire Department installs smoke alarms with a program called 'Project Life.

Fire companies around the city canvas door to door installing smoke alarms, inspecting and replacing batteries.

Another program is T.U.L.S.A. (Tulsan's Utilizing Lifesaving Smoke Alarms) is smoke alarm program that is utilized anytime a fire company responds to a residence.

The third smoke alarm program is called 'After the Fire' and is initiated every time a fire fatality occurs in a residence. 

Fire companies canvas door to door 2 square blocks around the fire location to make sure every home has a working smoke alarm.

Tulsa Fire assistant fire marshal Tom Hufford says residents should test the smoke detectors in their home at least once a month. 

Hufford says if the alarm beeps or chirps, that means the battery is low and it should be replaced immediately.  He adds, residents should never remove or disable a smoke alarm. 

With this being National Fire Prevention Week, Tulsa Fire says their goal is to make sure more homes have working smoke alarms. 

Hufford says there are a variety of smoke alarms available.  That list includes voice announcement alarms, deaf and hearing impaired alarms with strobe lights and ionization alarms.