In its preparedness efforts, the HANAHAN FIRE DEPARTMENT is happy to provide free smoke alarms to citizens who require them. There are no questions asked and no fees – just free smoke alarms!
Hanahan Fire Department Members will be making visits to residents who sign up for free smoke alarms. They will work with families to install up to (2) alarms, provide fire safety tips, and create fire escape plans to ensure families are equipped with the proper resources moving forward.
To sign up come by Hanahan Fire Department Station 1 at 5826 Campbell Street or call 843-268-4280. Leave your name, address, and phone number and someone will get in touch to schedule the best time to drop off the alarms or assist with installation.
Smoke Alarm Installation Tips
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area.
- Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current. They can be interconnected so that every alarm sounds regardless of the fire’s location. This is an advantage in early warning, because it gives occupants extra time to escape if they are in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in another part. Alarms that are hard-wired should have battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified electrician.
- If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
- If you or someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and/or sound.
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises).
- Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
- If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceilings highest point.
- Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- Be sure the sensor hole is clean and free of dust once a month to ensure proper operation.