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Smoke AlarmCelebrate Fire Safety in October

Help us sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives.

Many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Test yours every month!

If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. According to the National Fire Prevention Alliancelinks to external site, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Here's what you need to know!

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

If you need help to check your smoke alarm, let us know!

SFD honorS Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink shirts

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. There has been a lot of progress made but there is still a long way to go.  SFD firefighters can be seen in a special “pink” shirt during this month in support of these two prevention efforts.

Seniorreduce risk of slips, Trips and falls

Scottsdale Fire Department regularly is called to homes to help an older adult who has fallen.

According to the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one out of three adults, aged 65 or older, falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.

There are some actions you can take to make your home safer and reduce your risk of falling. These include regular gentle exercise, installing grab bars in the bathroom, removing throw rugs and reviewing your medications with a health specialist.

Home Safe Home is a free program of the Scottsdale Fire Department where trained volunteers visit your home to help you identify your tripping and falling hazards. Learn more here.

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