In early August, members of the Girl Scout Junior Troop 45829 (Arlington Heights/Buffalo Grove) gathered at the IFSA office in Mount Prospect to assemble 80 smoke alarm installation kits. Through the cooperation of First Alert, the IFSA will be hosting a series of 9 media events throughout the state this year to educate the public on the impending Illinois smoke alarm law, which goes into effect January 1, 2023. At that time, single and multi-family homes that are still using smoke alarms with removable batteries will be required to have new alarms that feature 10-year non-removable sealed batteries – with a few exceptions. The IFSA believes that Illinois residents should not wait to comply with the updated law and that everyone should start better protecting their homes and family with these life-saving devices.
The media events will be held at various fire departments across the state, based on various media markets. Fire departments participating in the events will be receiving 10 installation kits. Each installation kit includes a tool bag, drill, drill bit kit, tape measure, anchor kits, and screws. This equipment that will be provided to each department is valued at approximately $1,500. Press coverage will begin in September and run through the rest of 2022.
Learn more about the updated Illinois smoke alarm law that goes into effect January 1, 2023.