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2024 Incidents
Jan 108 111
Feb 82 93
Mar 112 96
Apr 111 92
May 110 102
Jun 123 122
Jul 51 70
Aug 0 0
Sep 0 0
Oct 0 0
Nov 0 0
Dec 0 0
Total 697 686

Past Incidents
Sta. 3 Sta. 9 Total
2023 1165 1148 2313
2022 1209 1151 2360
2021 1240 1108 2348
2020 1161 1003 2164
2019 1294 1012 2309
2018 1309 1031 2340
2017 1251 994 2245
2016 1248 979 2228
2015 1115 955 2070
2014 1112 1009 2121
2013 906 845 1751
2012 1009 920 1929
2011 1115 955 2070
2010 1119 902 2071

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Smoke Alarm Request


Our unwavering GOAL at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department is to ensure that every home is equipped with functional smoke alarms, enhancing safety for all residents.

If your home lacks working smoke alarms, and financial constraints prevent you from obtaining them, we are here to help. Simply complete this form, and we will promptly provide and install smoke alarm(s) at no cost to you. (Please note that this offer does not apply to rental properties or homes undergoing renovation.)

For those residing outside of the Bay District Volunteers' response area, we are committed to assisting you further. We will guide you in reaching out to your local fire department for the necessary support and resources.

Your safety remains our top priority, and we are dedicated to ensuring that every household is well-protected with functioning smoke alarms.


Fire Prevention Committee

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Please fill out this form and a member of the Fire Prevention Committee will contact you regarding your request
Name: Required
Do you currently have WORKING smoke alarms?: Required
Address: Required
Number of alarms needed: Required
Number of Adults in the home:
Number of Children in the home:
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Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

Smoke alarms are unequivocally lifesavers. Shockingly, nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities occur in residences lacking smoke alarms or where existing alarms are non-functional. In the event of a fire, smoke can engulf your surroundings rapidly, leaving you with precious little time to escape to safety. That's why functional smoke alarms are indispensable, as they provide the crucial early warning you need to evacuate and protect your life. Your safety is paramount, and smoke alarms play an essential role in safeguarding your well-being during a fire emergency.

Safety Tips

Here are essential tips for ensuring the effectiveness of your smoke alarms and maximizing your home's fire safety:

  1. Placement and Interconnection: Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. It's crucial to interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound together.

  2. Choosing the Right Alarms: Consider the type of smoke alarms you install. Ionization smoke alarms are more responsive to flaming fires, while photoelectric smoke alarms excel with smoldering fires. For the most comprehensive protection, it's advisable to have both types of alarms or a combination alarm that includes both photoelectric and ionization sensors.

  3. Regular Testing: Test your smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button to ensure they are in working order.

  4. Installation Height: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Smoke alarms should be positioned high on a wall or on the ceiling, as smoke tends to rise.

  5. Battery Replacement: Replace the batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm emits a "chirping" sound, signaling a low battery, replace the battery immediately.

  6. Alarm Replacement: Replace all smoke alarms, including those with 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they reach 10 years of age or sooner if they fail to respond properly.

  7. Certified Alarms: Ensure that your smoke alarms have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

  8. Professional Installation: For hard-wired alarms (with battery backup), enlist the services of a qualified electrician for proper installation.

  9. Nuisance Alarms: If cooking fumes or steam trigger nuisance alarms, consider replacing the alarm with one equipped with a "hush" button. This feature temporarily reduces the alarm's sensitivity.

  10. Proximity to Cooking Appliances: If an alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance, use either an ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm.

  11. Voice Announcement: Smoke alarms that offer a recordable voice announcement, in addition to the standard alarm sound, can be helpful in waking children using a familiar voice.

  12. Special Devices for Sensory Impaired: Smoke alarms designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing feature strobe lights, and vibration devices can be added for enhanced notification.

Remember that smoke alarms are a critical component of your home fire escape plan. Regular maintenance, proper placement, and the right selection of alarms can significantly increase your chances of early detection and swift response in the event of a fire, ultimately saving lives and protecting property.

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