Study reveals successful smoke alarm installation partnership

Posted: July 12, 2018

Maricopa County, Arizona firefighters recently partnered with nurses from a home visiting program to see if their partnership could help to get smoke alarms to the “hard-to-reach.”

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost 60 percent of residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. We know from previous research on community canvassing programs that home visits can help get smoke alarms installed in at-risk homes.

Nurses from the Nurse-Family Partnership of Maricopa County regularly visit the homes of low-income families to help them learn important child development and safety skills. In a recent study — Pilot Study of a Novel Partnership for Installing Smoke Alarms1 — the nurses informed parents of an opportunity to have smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed for free in their homes. They sent referrals to the Phoenix Fire Department (PFD) and then went with firefighters to the homes for the installation. The PFD installed the alarms and provided fire safety education.

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Maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs exist in all 50 states and reach over 160,000 low-income families.

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1Omaki, E., Frattaroli, S., Shields, W., McDonald, E., Rizzutti, N., Appy, M., Voiles, D., Jamison, S., Gielen, A. (2018). Pilot Study of a Novel Partnership for Installing Smoke Alarms. Maternal and Child Health Journal: 07 February 2018, 1-8.

See also these links to maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs.

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