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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > October 2010 > Mayor Brown To Give Away Batteries and Smoke Detectors

Mayor Brown To Give Away Batteries and Smoke Detectors

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
             (716) 851-4841

In Recognition of Fire Prevention Month, Public Invited to BFD “Open Houses”

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month (October), Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield 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:


  1. Engine 4, 939 Abbott at Hollywood
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  2. Engine 2, 376 Virginia at Elmwood
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  3. Engine 26, 703 Tonawanda at Progressive
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 “Prevention is the key to fire safety,” said Commissioner Whitfield.  “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 they set their clocks back for daylight savings time on November 1st 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.