St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Office of Fire Services Offers Smoke Detector Program

Office of Fire Services Offers Smoke Detector Program

Thursday, November 13, 2014

St. John the Baptist Parish – With the start of the holiday season and the addition of fire hazards in homes, the St. John Parish Office of Fire Services encourages residents to take advantage of the free smoke detector program, a partnership with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, that provides new smoke alarm installation at no cost to the homeowner.  To request this service, please contact the Office of Fire Services at 985-652-2222. Once a request is made, the homeowner will be contacted to set up an appointment to install the new smoke alarm.  

Those not needing installation are reminded to test and change the batteries in their smoke detectors to reduce the chance of injury or death from a house fire.  Smoke alarms should be no more than ten years old and incorporated with a home escape plan.

According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, over sixty percent of reported home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.  “We all can work together to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities,” said Cain Dufrene, Chief of Operations for the Office of Fire Services.  “Every home needs working smoke alarms.”

Smoke alarm installation and maintenance tips:

  • ·        Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home
  • ·        Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • ·        It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound
  • ·        Test all smoke alarms at least once a month - push “test” button
  • ·       There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photo electric alarms      are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types.
  • ·        A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false  alarms. Place at least ten feet from the stove
  • ·        People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers
  • ·        Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10-years-old
  • ·        More information and safety tips, visit