Arizona firefighters recently partnered with nurses from a home visiting programme to see if their partnership could help to get smoke alarms to ‘hard-to-reach’ homes.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost 60% of residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and previous research on community canvassing programs has revealed that home visits can help get smoke alarms installed in at-risk homes.

Nurses from the Nurse-Family Partnership of Maricopa County in Arizona regularly visit the homes of low-income families to help them learn important child development and safety skills. In a Pilot Study of a Novel Partnership for Installing Smoke Alarms the nurses told parents of an opportunity to have smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed for free in their homes.

They sent referrals to the Phoenix Fire Department (PFD) and then went with firefighters to the homes for the installation, whereby the PFD installed the alarms and provided fire safety education.