As we gear up for the upcoming Spring Community Smoke Alarm Walks, there’s no better time to reflect on the profound impact these initiatives have on our communities. This season, we are privileged to share the heartfelt insights of Kelley McAdams, a cherished member of our community in Tucson, whose experiences underscore the importance of Arizona Burn Foundation’s smoke alarm program.

Kelley, along with her husband Gary, has been an integral part of our community since their move from Washington State three years ago. Their love for Tucson and dedication to community engagement is palpable, with Kelley actively contributing to the monthly newsletter, “The Informer.”

In a recent interview, Kelley revealed how the Tucson Community Walk came to her attention through “The Informer,” highlighting the program’s commitment to reaching residents and promoting safety. What started as a routine update transformed into a revelation of the extent of the program, surpassing Kelley’s expectations. The installation of smoke alarms directly in homes, rather than a simple visit to the clubhouse, showcased the program’s dedication to comprehensive safety.

The conversation delved into the McAdams’ own experiences with fire safety, including a humorous anecdote about their air fryer triggering the smoke alarm. Amidst laughter, they stressed the significance of having updated smoke alarms, particularly during the hot summer months, bringing peace of mind and a sense of security.


Kelley’s perspective expanded beyond her immediate community concerns. Concerned about fire incidents, she advocated for the extension of such programs to other communities, particularly those with mobile homes and retirees. Her emphasis on the importance of free services like these, especially for seniors, highlights the altruistic spirit that defines our community.

Expressing gratitude for the proactive approach of the community management in advertising essential programs, Kelley encouraged the expansion of fire safety initiatives. Her wish is for these initiatives to benefit more individuals, especially seniors who may face unique challenges in ensuring home safety.

The interview concluded with Kelley’s heartfelt message, urging others to consider the well-being of their community. She emphasized the necessity of smoke alarms, particularly for senior housing areas, and highlighted the challenges seniors may face in remembering crucial safety measures.

As we embark on our Spring Community Smoke Alarm Walks, Kelley’s insights serve as a poignant reminder of the impact these programs can have. Her words resonate, emphasizing the need for comprehensive safety measures and the positive influence of proactive community engagement.


In the spirit of Kelley’s advocacy, let’s mark our calendars for the upcoming Spring Smoke Alarm Walks:

January 20, 2024 – Tempe
February 10, 2024 – Peoria
March 2, 2024 – El Mirage
March 9, 2024 – Tolleson
March 23, 2024 – Mesa
March 23, 2024 – Avondale
April 6, 2024 – Chandler
May 11, 2024 – Prescott Valley
May 18, 2024 – Williams

Let’s come together as a community, walk side by side, and ensure the safety of our homes and hearts. The Arizona Burn Foundation’s Spring Smoke Alarm Walks are not just about alarms; they are about fostering a secure and supportive living environment for us all.

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