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Smoke alarm, stove burner, house on fire with Get Alarmed logo over all

Recall Notice: Kidde Alarms: The National Association of State Fire Marshals informed Indiana about a recall of Kidde smoke alarms in June 2021. No alarms distributed through the Get Alarmed program were involved, but departments and residents are encouraged to share the recall information and check their alarms. Read the notice

In late 2018, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security received a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to dedicate resources toward reducing injury and preventing fire deaths in high-risk populations. The Indiana State Fire Marshal tracked 77 residential fire fatalities in 2021, and about two-thirds of fatal fires nationally occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. To help prevent these incidents, the Get Alarmed campaign began as a smoke alarm installation program working closely with fire departments to distribute the alarms across the state at no cost.

"The first phase of Get Alarmed successfully connected Hoosiers with life-saving smoke alarms that will help protect their families for years to come," said State Fire Marshal Joel Thacker. "IDHS remains committed to these efforts and now turns to making sure all people in Indiana know how to prevent fires and what to do in case they happen."

In addition to working with fire departments and other partners on smoke alarms, Get Alarmed emphasizes fire safety education. Read more about fire prevention and preparedness below.

In addition to working with fire departments and other partners on smoke alarms, Get Alarmed emphasizes fire safety education. Read more about fire prevention and preparedness below.

Smoke Alarms

Properly placed and working smoke alarms double the likelihood of survival of a house fire. Help keep every loved one safe by learning how to install and maintain smoke alarms.

Person installing battery into smoke alarm on ceiling
Person installing battery into smoke alarm on ceiling
Smoke Alarm Tips
  • Alarms should be replaced every eight to 10 years, and for smoke alarms that use traditional batteries, batteries should be changed once a year.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested every month.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level, in every sleeping area and outside every bedroom of the building.
  • Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting different kinds of potentially fatal fires. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends every household be equipped with both kinds of alarms, or dual-sensor alarms.
Resources for Homeowners

Fire Safety for Children, Older Adults

The National Fire Prevention Association has many materials to help keep you and those you love safe from fires. Visit nfpa.org for more tips like these:

Medical oxygen tank with safety tips listed
Medical oxygen tank with safety tips listed
For Children
  • Make sure children know that when a smoke alarm sounds, they should stop what they are doing, choose the best way out of a room, get outside quickly and go to the outside meeting place.
  • Teach children not to touch matches or lighters, and be a good example by not treating them like toys around children. They may imitate you.

See more at SparkySchoolhouse.org

For Older Adults
  • Install interconnected smoke alarms and consider buying a strobe alarm or bed-shaking alarm.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Never smoke in bed or smoke if oxygen is used in the home.

See Remembering When program for more

Alternative Heating

Wood-burning stove

Space heaters and other forms of alternative heating can be a helpful way to keep homes warmer during the winter, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Follow these safety tips:

  • Keep at least three feet of space between a space heater and other objects at all times.
  • Only one space heater should be plugged into each electrical outlet.
  • Appliances such as ovens should never be used for heating because they can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Any alternative-heating source needs to be turned off before you go to bed or leave the home.

Discover more heating safety tips


Stove burner with flames

Across the United States, fire departments respond to more than 470 residential cooking fires each day. Practicing cooking safety can be the difference between a finished meal and a fire:

  • Never leave the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Move items away from the stovetop that could catch fire such as oven mitts, utensils, towels and food packages.
  • Never operate a stovetop or stove when drowsy or after consuming alcohol.
  • Deep fryers should never be used on wooden decks or in garages, and meat must be completely thawed before being placed in a deep fryer.

2019 Indiana Kitchen Fires Statistics
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Escaping Fire

Exit sign

During a fire, the situation can become life-threatening in less than two minutes, making every second valuable. Escaping a fire quickly and safely should be everyone’s main priority. Prepare yourself in the event of a fire:

  • Identify two ways out of every room and practice escaping from each room during the day and night.
  • Close doors to keep the fire from spreading.
  • Never go back into a fire to save people or pets. Instead, prepare to alert firefighters about individuals still inside.
  • Make sure everyone in the household knows when and how to call emergency telephone numbers.

Six Steps to Practicing Your Escape Plan
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More About Get Alarmed

IDHS' $521,000 federal grant supported the purchase of 10,000 smoke alarms with 10-year lithium ion batteries over a two-year period. The Get Alarmed campaign has been working closely with fire departments since 2019 to distribute the alarms across the state at no cost, and the program has been extended into early 2021.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal is accepting requests from fire departments to install smoke alarms in their communities. If interested, please submit a request via the application linked below to be contacted about how to participate in the Get Alarmed campaign and receive smoke alarms. Individuals who want smoke alarms can request them through their local fire department.

Get Alarmed Installation Partners

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