Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney is pleased to announce that free smoke alarms, including installation, are available for Onondaga County residents through an initiative from a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.
“Delivering and installing smoke alarms will add to the health and safety of our community,” said County Executive Mahoney, “Onondaga County is very pleased to be one of only 12 counties in New York State selected for this grant”.
Joe Rinefierd, Director of the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management Fire Bureau, explained, “Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning devices for fires. Approximately 70% of residential fire deaths are caused due to homes not having smoke alarms or due to smoke alarms not working properly.” Rinefierd emphasized that having properly working smoke alarms in your home reduces the chances of fire-related deaths significantly.
Through this program, firefighters from various Fire Departments will provide education, smoke alarm(s), and installation free of charge to qualifying residents. Steve Cavuto, Deputy Chief for the Syracuse Fire Department explained that “Residential fires often affect our most vulnerable citizens, including children 14 and younger and adults over age 65.”
The Smoke Alarm Installation Program is for Onondaga County residents who:
- Live with children 14 years old and younger
- Are 65 years old and above
- Are at a low income level (call for details)
- Are hearing impaired (special detectors are available)
If you are interested in learning more about this program and/or to schedule a home visit, please call: 448-4777(City of Syracuse residents) or 435-2525 (Non-city residents).