Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

January 11th, 2019

January 11, 2019

Contact: Tia Rancourt                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Education/Information Officer

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District




Smoke alarms save lives. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to warn you so that you have time to get out. According to the National Fire Protection District (NFPA) from 2009 – 2013, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).

American Red Cross and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District are working together to provide smoke detectors to our local homeowners (up to 3 detectors per residence). If you do not have working smoke detectors in your home, please stop by the Fire District administration office located at 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, NV and complete the necessary forms to obtain your smoke detector(s).

Some important tips to remember regarding smoke detectors:

  • Please make sure smoke detectors are installed inside each bedroom, outside every bedroom/sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Testing smoke alarms monthly is a good idea. Replace batteries once a year or, when the low-battery alarm chirps.
  • Smoke alarms that are interconnected are much more efficient because a fire detected by any smoke alarm will sound an alarm at every location where a smoke alarm is installed. Interconnected smoke alarms provide early warning of fires that are still far away or are located on the other side of a door or wall that may block sound.
  • Develop and practice an escape plan so that everyone in the home knows what to do and where to go when the smoke alarm sounds. The best-case scenario would be two ways out of every room. A household that practices an escape plan is much more prepared and likely to successfully exit the home in the event of a real fire.
  • There are two types of smoke detectors – ionization and photoelectric. Ionization detectors are generally more responsive to flaming fires, whereas photoelectric detectors are more sensitive to fires that begin slowly, with a long “smoldering period” for example a fire caused by an unattended cigarette.
  • For best protection use both types of smoke detector technologies. There are combination alarms that include both technologies in a single device.
  • When a smoke detector activates, please do not assume it is a false alarm. If there is a question about what activated the smoke detector, please call your local fire department or district. For the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, please call 775-831-0351, ext. 0 to speak with someone in person or visit