Number of Free Smoke Alarms Installed
This performance measure is defined as the number of unintentional deaths from fire. Common causes of unintentional fire deaths include, but are not limited to: unattended cooking, improper disposal of smoking materials, combustibles placed too close to heaters, electrical malfunctions, and candles left unattended.
The data reported are a count of the number of smoke alarms installed. The information is gathered through the completion of smoke alarm liability release forms that are completed by the resident and AFD personnel.
FY 2015-16 Results
In FY 2015-16, AFD installed 2,533 free smoke alarms, which exceeded the goal of 2,500 by 33.
Assessment of Results
Prevention and Education programs play an essential role in reducing the outcome that an Austin resident will perish in a fire. In FY 2013-14, AFD was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that allowed for the purchase of over 2,000 smoke alarms. AFD continues to support and promote the smoke alarm program and works with local community groups to coordinate smoke alarm installations. In FY 2015-16 AFD conducted several neighborhood smoke alarm canvasses and installed 2,533 smoke alarms. AFD aims to install 2,500 free smoke alarms in FY 2016-17.
AFD has set a target of zero fire deaths, in line with the Zero Fire Death initiative that Chief Kerr began five years ago. AFD takes all loss of life and property seriously and knows that prevention and public education can help better prepare Austin residents for emergencies. As a result, AFD continues its mission to install free smoke alarms in residential homes.
Within AFD, the Planning and Research division developed an application to spatially display historical fire trends and fatalities within the City of Austin. Through this GIS platform, Community Outreach is better able to determine areas and individuals that are most at risk for having a fire occurrence or perishing in a fire. This data will help AFD conduct more focused smoke alarm canvasses.
For more information, contact Matt Orta, Assistant Chief, (512) 974-0135.