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MAYOR BROWN TO GIVE AWAY BATTERIES & SMOKE DETECTORS
Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Culter
Director of Communications
In recognition of Fire Prevention Month, public invited to fire “open houses”
BUFFALO – Recognizing that October is National Fire Prevention Month, 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 Energizer batteries) and “open houses” at designated 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 Buffalo 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:
Each open house will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“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 October 31st 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.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios