October 6, 2009 |

Health Dept. has free smoke alarms

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, October 4 – 10, the Allegheny County

Health Department is reminding residents that smoke alarms should be in every home and are proven life-savers but only when they are in good working order.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent, yet most residential fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or in homes with alarms too old to be reliable or which have missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

The Health Department has a free smoke alarm program to help residents who have no smoke alarms or ones more than 10 years old that may no longer be reliable.

The program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, provides and installs battery-operated smoke alarms on every level of the home.

To schedule an installation, call the Health Department at 412-247-7800.

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