A Message from Sheriff Scott Israel


Each year in the United States 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are the best and least expensive means of providing early warning of a potentially deadly fire. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, but they must be working properly to do so.

Many homes have smoke alarms that aren't working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. I want our residents to have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, every living area and on every level of a home.

A good rule of thumb is to change your smoke alarm battery at daylight savings time, twice a year. This year, the Broward Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County is making it easier to do so with our Battery Exchange program. The program is simple - turn in your 9-volt smoke alarm battery to any Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue station or main headquarters and we will exchange it for a new one. Locations for the Battery Exchange are:

  • Ron Cochran Public Safety Building - 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
  • Station #14 - 791 NW 31 Ave., Lauderhill
  • Station #17 - 2308A SW 42 St., Dania Beach
  • Station #27 - 2610 SW 40 Ave., West Park
  • Station #28 - 10550 Stirling Rd., Cooper City
  • Station #36 - 17220 Griffin Rd., Southwest Ranches
  • Station #37 - 3461 NW 43 Ave., Lauderdale Lakes
  • Station #55 - 3955 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston
  • Station #67 - 951 Saddle Club Rd., Weston
  • Station #81 – 17350 Royal Palm Blvd., Weston

Some additional smoke alarm and fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association and the Broward Sheriff's Office include:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
  • If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they're 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
  • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
  • Practice a fire escape plan with your entire family – remember, stay low and crawl to safety.
  • Never leave matches or lighters lying around for children to find.

The men and women of the Broward Sheriff's Office are committed to keeping you and your family safe. We look forward to seeing you this month at one of our Battery Exchange locations.

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