The New Orleans Fire Department has ramped up its smoke alarm program, and is using a targeted, data-driven approach.
New Orlean’s NOLAlytics initiative was created to harness data-driven change in the city, and on March 31 the initiative’s first project was announced. The city will use data analytics produced by its Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) to strengthen fire safety and prevention efforts. Based on analysis generated by the initiative, the New Orleans Fire Department will conduct a door-to-door outreach campaign that targets households least likely to have smoke alarms and most likely to have fire deaths and injuries.
Starting April, the city will begin distributing 7,500 smoke alarms and educating the public as part of the NOFD’s overall fire prevention campaign.