Smoke Alarm Canvassing Goal:

To reduce fire deaths & injuries by providing smoke alarms in high fire risk areas.
Using local data, fire departments should locate high fire risk areas in their communities to provide education and long-life smoke alarms.

High fire risk areas may include:

  • Large percentage of older mobile homes
  • Low-income residences with older adults or
  • Areas with a large number of older homes.


  • Grant application period is open from February 1 - 28, 2023.
  • Interested fire departments and fire marshal offices, can access the grant through their department's OSFM24 platform.
  • Smoke alarm installs and surveys must be completed within 6 months of receipt of alarms.
  • NC fire departments reporting through NFRIS are eligible to apply.
  • Approved grant recipients will receive alarms with the option to request more, depending on inventory.
  • Recipients must submit required survey forms to be eligible to receive more alarms.
  • Fire Chief must agree to the guidelines and approve grant request before submitting.

Grant award recipients are required to complete the following:

  • Online Smoke Alarm Installation Program training (must be complete within one year of alarm receipt;)
  • Home visits in targeted high risk areas;
  • Provide fire safety education during home visits;
  • Install smoke alarms in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions;
  • Submit survey forms online within thirty days of installation and;
  • Report lives saved and injuries avoided as a result of this project.

Rev 02/2021