Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Smoke Alarm Saturday Results

Jun 5, 2024

This year’s Smoke Alarm Saturday campaign was a huge success in the ongoing effort to prevent fire deaths in North Carolina.

Organized by the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and supported by firefighters from 82 fire departments across 55 counties, the initiative involved going door-to-door to check homes for the presence of working smoke alarms and installing new ones where needed at no charge to residents.

With support from Kidde, American Red Cross, NASFM, State Farm, and OSFM, more than 3,800 smoke alarms were distributed in North Carolina homes in just one day.

"Smoke Alarm Saturday was a huge success, and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the firefighters, volunteers, and organizations who dedicated their time and funding to canvassing the state," said Brian Taylor, State Fire Marshal. "Working smoke alarms is the key for saving lives."

“We know a working smoke alarm can double a person’s chance of safely escaping a house fire,” said Stephanie Berzinski, Fire Educator, Kidde. “Everyone deserves to feel safe and protected in their homes, and Kidde wants to help protect every moment for everyone.”

During the canvassing of more than 1,500 alarms were tested statewide and volunteers found more 750 non-working smoke alarms in homes.

In 2023, North Carolina experienced 146 fire-related deaths, marking one of its deadliest years. As of the current year, 63 fatalities have been recorded statewide. Of particular concern are the significant numbers of fatal fires occurring during the early morning hours. Between 2020 and 2023, 40 deadly fires occurred between 1-2 a.m., highlighting the need for increased awareness and preparedness during these vulnerable times.

Harnett County recorded the highest number of fire fatalities in 2023, with 10 deaths. Guilford County has the highest three-year average, with 22 deaths, indicating an ongoing need for focused fire safety initiatives in these regions.