Sound the Alarm Web Site Now Available

Tuesday August 17th, 2010

The International Code Council (ICC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) announce the release of the Sound the Alarm web site at Sound the Alarm is a community outreach and education program designed to reduce rural community fire hazards and other potential dangers in residential homes. The ICC received a Fire Prevention & Safety Grant to implement Sound the Alarm, and the NVFC is assisting with the execution of this pilot program.

Through Sound the Alarm, teams of fire department members, Fire Corps volunteers, and building officials conduct home safety checks, install smoke alarms, and complete follow up evaluations. The pilot program is being conducted in rural areas in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, three states with high fire death rates. All materials used in the Sound the Alarm pilot program are donated to the teams, including smoke alarms, tool boxes, and tool kits.

The new Sound the Alarm web site allows the pilot program teams, as well as other interested persons and those looking to conduct a similar campaign in their community, to access all of the resources online. Helpful tools include a home safety checklist, smoke alarm data sheet, web site banners, and much more. Online forms are also available for departments to declare their desire to participate or for local families to request smoke alarm installations for their own home.

Learn more and access resources on the Sound the Alarm web site at

About the ICC

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties, and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. The International Codes also serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for many nations outside the United States. Learn more at

About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC also administers Fire Corps, a Citizen Corps program that connects community volunteers with their local fire and emergency service departments to assist in non-emergency tasks. Learn more at


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