Cincy Fire Department to give out free smoke detectors

The Cincinnati Fire Department's (CFD) Safe Summer Nights Program begins this Tuesday, May 17th. The Program will last thru September 29th.

The CFD Safe Summer Nights Program is designed to educate, distribute and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms within all Cincinnati neighborhoods.

The Safe Summer Nights Program has been sustained through the donations of the American Red Cross, State Farm Insurance and a Federal Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.

For the last 12 years the Cincinnati Fire Department claims they have distributed approximately:

  • 32,340 smoke alarms
  • 411 carbon monoxide alarms
  • 6,159 individually packaged batteries

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening from 7 P.M. until 9 P.M. CFD fire companies will be distributing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire prevention educational materials, and batteries in neighborhoods throughout the summer.

The following areas have been selected for the month of May:

  • May 17th- 19th, 2011: Mt. Adams, Lower Price Hill, Avondale, and Oakley
  • May 24th- 26th, 2011: Oakley, Pendleton, Lower Price Hill, Northside
  • May 31st- June 2nd, 2011: Camp Washington, College Hill, Lunken/Columbia Tusculum

The Safe Summer Nights Program also reaches out to Cincinnati residents who have smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. Smoke alarms continually monitor the air 24 hours a day and after 10 years, the components become less reliable and are more likely to fail.

Since April of 1988, all residential buildings in the city of Cincinnati have been required to have working smoke alarms. All residential buildings must have smoke alarms installed outside of sleeping areas and on every level, such as basements, cellars and finished attics. Apartment owners are required to provide smoke alarms for their tenants.

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