Nearly 4,000 Americans die every year in residential fires. Smoke alarms can provide your family with crucial early warning time to get out of the house quickly before toxic fumes accumulate to lethal levels. A working smoke alarm can double your chance of surviving a fire in the home.
Free smoke alarms are provided by the State Fire Marshals Office and the SD Smoke Alarm Grant Program.
It is the vision of the Vermillion Fire EMS Department that every home and every citizen be protected by at least one smoke alarm. We seek to implement this vision through our FREE SMOKE ALARM program which offers a free smoke alarm to any resident of Clay County who is in need. The only prerequisites are that the citizen reside in a privately-owned home be over the age of 65 or have a genuine need for our assistance. To participate in this program please call our Free Smoke Alarm Hotline at 605-677-7098 or complete the Smoke Alarm Request Form.
Firefighters will install a properly located, battery-operated smoke detector at no charge for any elderly, handicapped or otherwise impaired residents.
If you own your home and are unable to purchase a smoke detector the Vermillion Fire EMS Department can help.
If you are renting your home and smoke detectors do not work or are not present please contact the Vermillion Codes Department.
All rental property owners are required by law to provide working smoke detectors in their residential properties.
Free Home Hazards Assessment
You may also request a Free Home Hazard Assessment. The assessment will be performed by the Firefighters after installing the free smoke alarm. You may also opt to follow the Home Hazard Checklist (PDF) provided and perform the assessment yourself.