Starting this weekend through the end of July, the Wilmington Fire Department will be installing free smoke alarms in homes throughout Wilmington. Neighborhoods that have recently had fires will be targeted, starting with the Hanover Heights neighborhood. In March, a home caught fire on Newkirk Avenue in Hanover Heights in the middle of the night, and the residents credit their smoke alarm for helping them get out safely.
The WFD recently received more than 1,000 smoke alarms as part of a federal grant. Any Wilmington residents in need of smoke alarms can call 772-4128 and leave a name, address and telephone number. The smoke alarms and installation is free.
Here are some other things citizens should know about smoke alarms:
- There should be more than one smoke alarm in your home.
- Home fire codes require that a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom and hallway in all new construction.
- Smoke alarms should be tested MONTHLY.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed twice per year. A good rule of thumb is to replace batteries when daylight savings time changes. Alarms that have 10-year lithium batteries do not have to be changed until the recommended time.