The Allegheny County Health Department is offering free smoke alarms and giving priority to residents of 17 communities that had high fire rates last year.
In 2006, the number of structure fires ranged from 3.1 to 9.9 for every 1,000 housing units in the 17 communities, significantly higher than the countywide rate of 0.7.
The smoke alarms are powered by built-in lithium batteries designed to last 10 years and come with free installation and fire safety education.
To schedule an installation, call the Health Department at 412-247-7800.
Funding for the program is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.