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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke Alarm

A Friendswood homeowner’s monitored fire alarm is being credited to limiting the damage caused by a fire that began when no one was home.

“Because the resident has a monitored fire alarm system, the fire was contained to a single room. Without that notification, the fire would have likely been much more severe,” said Brian Mansfield, City of Friendswood Fire Marshal. “Members of the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department and Forest Bend Fire Department were there quickly and stopped the fire spread.”

Many people have smoke alarms which audibly alert residents to fire in the home. A monitored fire alarm detects smoke, sounds a loud alarm, and notifies the monitoring company. The monitoring company then calls the local 911 center and reports the alarm. “Even if no one is home, as in this case, often the alarm gets reported quickly,” Mansfield said.

It is recommended that everyone have, as a minimum, a smoke alarm in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. When you are asleep, the sense of smell is inactive. Smoke alarms provide a loud warning that should wake you up. For those that are hearing impaired, there are smoke alarms and alert devices available that can strobe or shake a bed.

“Monitored alarms, with their installation and monthly fees, are more expensive than stand-alone smoke alarms. In this case, since no one was home when the fire began, the benefit far outweighs the cost,” according to Mansfield. “Smoke alarms save lives”.

For more information about smoke and fire alarms, go to  For Friendswood-specific questions, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 281-996-3335 or

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