Skip Navigation

An On-line Toolkit to Help Firefighters

With the goal of reducing home fire fatalities, the IAFC has developed this toolkit to provide fire service leaders with educational materials to assist them in promoting advanced smoke alarm education among their personnel and eventually their community.

Smart Choices for Smoke Alarm Placement from All Pro Media on Vimeo.


Why Was the Program Developed?

Fire experts recommend that homeowners have a smoke alarm on each floor, in hallways and inside of all sleeping areas. A mix of currently available technology should be used to protect against multiple types of fire hazards. Unfortunately, despite years of education, too many families still do not have or maintain the appropriate number of working smoke alarms, which leaves them at great risk.

This plateau in smoke alarm usage comes amid an environment of technological change in the smoke alarm industry, media coverage providing conflicting information about the effectiveness of smoke alarms, and widespread budget cuts in fire department public education programs.

This toolkit was developed in conjunction with Kidde and support of the IAFC Fire and Life Safety section. Bookmark this site and check back regularly as resources will continue to be updated.

Did you know?

  • 85% of all fatal fires occur in a residence.*
  • Approximately 2,650 people die in the United States each year as the result of a fire in their home.*
  • Fire fatalities occur in the 29% of homes that either have inoperable alarms, or no alarms.*

*According to the National Fire Prevention Association

Fact Sheets | Make the Case | Contact


Developed in conjunction with