The Bernalillo County Fire Department and American Red Cross of NM continue to promote smoke alarm installation and safety with this year’s National Fire Prevention Week campaign.

“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!”

If your smoke alarm is 10 years or older or you don’t know how old it is or its non-functional—it’s time to replace it. In the metro area, we are continuing the free smoke alarm distribution project for Bernalillo County homeowners.


How to Receive Free Smoke Alarms

  • If Bernalillo County homeowners are interested, scroll down to fill out the applicationSmoke alarms will be distributed and installed on a first-come, first-serve basis and scheduled based on personnel availability. 

“Bernalillo County citizens are not immune to the tragedy of fires, they can happen anytime and anywhere. Thankfully we have the tools that can alert us when a fire does occur," said Bernalillo County Fire Chief Chris Celaya. "Protect yourself and your family by installing smoke alarms."

Smoke Alarm Statistics

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
  • According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.


Smoke Alarm & Fire Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.


To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at and

PLEASE SIGN UP BELOW: To sign up for this program, please fill out the information below. Please note: The actual smoke detector installation is being conducted with the assistance of volunteers. The Bernalillo County Fire Department is working with the Red Cross to install when they are able, but ultimately depends on availability of personnel.  Appointments will be scheduled and installations completed based upon the availability of smoke detectors and personnel.  

*First Name 
*Last Name 
*Home Phone 
*Day or Night?  
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*Address of Residence 
*Were you referred here by the Contact Center? 
*Do you own or rent your home?  
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*Number of levels (floors), including basement:  
*Does the home have working smoke detectors? 
*Total number of occupants in residence? 
*Ages of occupants 
*Any disabled adults? 
If yes, how many and what age?
*Hearing or visually impaired?  
If yes, how many and what age?
*Any disabled children?  
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*Any infirm (or extended illness) children or adults?  
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*Does disability limit resident from changing smoke detector battery?  
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