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Awarded Research Cooperative Agreement to Prevent Unintentional Injuries

Research to Improve Smoke Alarm Maintenance and Function

FOA Number: CE03-100: Research to Improve Smoke Alarm Maintenance and Function
Project Period: 9/30/03-9/29/08
Application/Grant Number: 1-U17-CE323334-01
Principal Investigator: Ted R. Miller, Ph.D.
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
11710 Beltsville Dr., Suite 300
Calverton, MD 20705-3102
Phone: 301-935-5688
Fax: 301-755-2759
E-mail: miller@pire.org

Description

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation will determine the most effective and cost-effective way to improve 9-volt battery smoke alarm maintenance and function over an 18-month period post installation.

The Institute will conduct a four-year trial to evaluate targeted smoke alarm education, general fire safety education with smoke alarm component, and installing or replacing a smoke alarm battery, and providing a brochure about it without comment. The trial will randomize 4500 homes in underserved African American, Asian, and Hispanic neighborhoods in Maryland, equipping each with hushable smoke alarms.

The Institute’s analysis will examine changes in beliefs, alarm testing/cleaning and operability (rates), and relative cost-effectiveness.

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