Avondale residents may be eligible to receive a free smoke alarm as part of a collaboration between Make a Difference Day and a home safety initiative.

As part of an outreach initiative, Oct. 18 to Oct. 23, Avondale Fire-Medical, in collaboration with the Avondale Neighborhood and Family Service Department, is providing new working smoke alarms to those who may need them. 

Smoke alarms, a Make a Difference T-shirt and educational materials (in English and Spanish), will be delivered to the doorstep of those who are eligible to participate. Supplies are on a first-come, first-served basis for this free event.

“Working smoke alarms in a home can help save lives. If they are properly installed and maintained, they can protect everyone living in the home,” said Jason Napier, fire marshal for Avondale Fire-Medical. 

Two city departments — Avondale Fire-Medical and Neighborhood & Family Services — have joined forces, combining efforts in home safety education and providing this program in a do-it-yourself format.

“We are excited to offer this resource and continue to see how this method of home safety education informs and empowers residents to make a difference when it comes to safety in their own home,” said Donna Gardner, youth and community engagement manager of Avondale Neighborhood and Family Services.

Homeowners and renters are encouraged to participate.

Current building codes require homes built after 1997 to maintain hard-wired smoke alarms. This program distributes battery-only smoke alarms. Program participants will be limited to homes built before 1997 or mobile homes. Residents who do not know the year their home was built, the fire marshal can assist at 623-333-6140 or jnapier@avondaleaz.gov.

To apply visit,  avondaleaz.gov/makeadifference. For more information, call 623-333-2723.