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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > October 2008 > Mayor Brown To Give Away Batteries and Smoke Detectors

Mayor Brown To Give Away Batteries and Smoke Detectors

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

In recognition of Fire Prevention Month, public invited to fire “open houses”

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month (October), Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo announced today the importance of fire safety and prevention, which will be emphasized through the distribution of free smoke detectors (and batteries) and “open houses” at designated Buffalo Fire Department firehouses.

“Fire safety is something everyone should know and practice,” said Mayor Brown.  “These open houses are just one way we are able to get the message across to our city residents to think smart and stay safe in case of fire.”

City of Buffalo residents who attend one of the open houses can receive a free smoke detector (note: supply is limited, so it is first come, first served).  Roughly 70 percent of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The Buffalo Fire Department “open house” schedule is as follows:

October 25th

10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m.  Engine 2
376 Virginia & Elmwood

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Engine 28
1170 Lovejoy & Gold

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.  Engine 22
1528 Broadway & Wick

November 1st

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Engine 34
2837 Main Street & Mercer

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Engine 26
703 Tonawanda & Progressive

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Engine 4
 939 Abbott & Hollywood

“Prevention is the key to fire safety,” said Commissioner Lombardo.  “That’s why we emphasize public participation at our Fire Department open houses.  By attending these open houses, city residents can see firsthand the types of fire prevention activities we know can prevent fires in homes throughout Buffalo.  In addition, we will provide free smoke detectors and batteries, which are a critical component for fire prevention.”

City residents are encouraged to check their smoke detectors and change their batteries when you set your clocks back for daylight savings time on November 2nd at 2:00 a.m.  By ensuring you have a working smoke detector, you more than double your chance of surviving a fire in your home and preserving your property.