The study described North Carolina's CDC-funded Smoke Alarm Installation and Fire Safety Education (SAIFE) program and determined its impact on resident's fire safety knowledge and practices. The North Carolina SAIFE program, “Get Alarmed” was evaluated because it was an established program with the appropriate infrastructure in place to conduct a coordinated evaluation. North Carolina is also located in what has been called the burn belt, an area of the southeast in which people are at higher risk of fire death than in many other areas of the United States.
The program was largely successful in reaching members of its designated target groups. A high number of smoke alarms remained functional after six months, particularly among those that were visually inspected. Changes in terms of fire safety knowledge and behaviors as a result of household participation in the program were mixed and mostly inconclusive.
Report Title: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the SAIFE Program
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Robin Lee, PhD, 770-488-3811
Performer: RTI International
Record ID: 9651 (Report issued December 31, 2010)