From late October through early November, the Waukee Fire Department went door-to-door in the evenings and offered to install free smoke alarms to residents is some of the “Original Waukee” neighborhoods. They were able to visit 200 single-family homes located between W. Hickman Road and Northview Drive, and 6th and 10th Streets during this time.
Members of the Waukee Fire Department installed new smoke alarms in homes that needed additional or new alarms. In homes with functional smoke alarms, the department members replaced batteries. They also offered home safety surveys, during which they educated residents about smoke alarm maintenance, carbon monoxide, slip/trip/fall risks, home escape plans and Smart911.
In total, the Waukee Fire Department replaced 157 smoke alarm batteries and installed 247 new smoke alarms. The alarms that were installed came from the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, and they feature lithium ion batteries that are good for the life of the detectors (10 years). About 40 of the participating households had no existing carbon monoxide detection present.
This project will likely occur in the future and in other areas of Waukee.