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Fire Department rolls out smoke alarm giveaway

Post Date:10/21/2019

Having working smoke alarms is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic fire-related deaths and injuries — and the Keller Fire Department has started a new program to ensure every home in the community is covered.

Thanks to $3,000 in donations by Walmart and Sam’s Club, and an ongoing partnership with Kirkwood Insurance, Fire Marshal Debra Crafton will be providing free smoke alarms to qualified Keller residents in the months ahead.

You qualify for a free smoke alarm if you meet the following conditions:

  • You live in the City of Keller and own the property in which you reside and
  • You do not already have a working smoke alarm and
  • You are not financially able to purchase a smoke alarm

Regardless of these conditions, you may still qualify for this program if: 

  • At least one child under the age of 18 resides with you or
  • You are 60 years of age or older

Please complete the Request A Free Smoke Alarm form on the city website to apply. Applicants will be contacted directly by Crafton, and recipients will have their unit installed by Keller firefighters.

Already have smoke alarms in your home? Please be sure to change their batteries and test them (and carbon monoxide detectors) at least twice per year. Changing batteries in conjunction with the spring and fall time changes is an easy way to remember, and testing should be done on a monthly basis.

Pay attention to your devices’ expiration dates as well; smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and carbon monoxide detectors every 5-7 years depending on brand, as they lose detection sensitivity over time. Models will typically display their expiration dates on the back of the unit.