The Allegheny County Health Department has a free smoke alarm program for owner-occupied homes which have no smoke alarms or ones too old to be reliable.
"Smoke alarms are proven life-savers but only when they are in good working order," said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.
Nearly half of all smoke alarms don't work because they have missing, disconnected or dead batteries or are more than 10 years old and no longer reliable.
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 defective alarms.
The program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, provides and installs a maximum of two battery-operated smoke alarms in an owner-occupied home.
To schedule an installation, call the Health Department at 412-247-7800.
Under Health Department housing regulations, landlords must provide operable smoke alarms in residential properties and tenants replace the batteries as needed.