Fire and Rescue Service Offers Free Smoke Alarm Installer

For residents in need of a home security check, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is offering residents the choice of a free home security visit or virtual assistance. The program aims to ensure that residents have smoke alarms in their homes that work and are properly installed.

All residents of Montgomery County are eligible; however, the program focuses on those at high risk, including “the elderly, those with reduced mobility, vision or hearing, and residents who may have a disability or economic difficulty.”

“The goal of the program is to educate residents on fire safety, to check smoke alarms to ensure they are up to date and working,” the application form states. “Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.”

The program makes an exception for hard-wired smoke alarms and asks residents to allow up to five business days for a response. Residents interested in using this program can apply here.

If a request is granted, “a representative from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department will check the smoke detectors in your home to see if they are working properly,” the website says. “Batteries will be changed if necessary and smoke alarms deemed obsolete or not working properly will be recommended for replacement.”

According to the program’s website, the MCFRS will also work to identify unnoticed hazards in the household and even implement simple maintenance and housekeeping procedures to ensure safety within the home.

Deaf or hard of hearing residents can also request information about specially designed smoke alarms.

“To have a home security check or smoke detectors checked/installed, a family member 18 or older must be home,” the program’s website says. “The family is asked to commit to maintaining and testing their smoke detectors monthly, developing a home fire escape plan, and practicing escape routes regularly.”

For more information and fire safety tips, residents can visit the program website here. People with an urgent need for a smoke alarm are asked to call Montgomery County’s non-emergency phone number at 301-279-8000.

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