Leesburg Offers Smoke Alarm Assistance

Leesburg Offers Smoke Alarm Assistance
Posted Date:9/16/2014
The Leesburg Fire Department provides free smoke detectors and inspections to help keep city residents safe from dangerous home fires. 

The program will offer 221 free smoke alarms, which were purchased with a federal safety grant issued through the State of Florida. Firefighters will install the devices for seniors in Leesburg. Other services for all Leesburg residents include new battery installations, safety instructions and maintenance checks of existing smoke detectors. 

“We want to ensure that people have smoke detectors in their homes and that they are properly maintained,” said Leesburg Deputy Fire Chief Joe Mera. “Each year more people die from fires than from all natural disasters combined.” 

Call (352) 742-4760 to request a free smoke alarm or assistance with your existing alarm. Firefighters will provide installations when not responding to emergencies – visits typically occur within a day. One smoke alarm is provided for each bedroom in the home. 

Mera said all residents should check their smoke alarms regularly to make sure they are operating properly. Alarms should be tested monthly. Batteries should be replaced annually, even if the alarms are also powered through a home’s electric wiring. 

Smoke alarms typically have a lifespan of ten years before they stop working properly. If your alarms may be older, replace them. Newer alarms include long-life lithium batteries to operate up to ten years without replacements. 

Inexpensive alarms can cost as little as $6. More advanced alarms cost $24 to $40 or more. 
Home fire facts: 

• Fire departments across the United States respond to an average of 366,000 home structure fires each year accounting for about 2,500 civilian deaths and $7.2 billion in property damage.

• Three out of five home fire deaths occurred in properties without working smoke alarms. 

• The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half with working smoke alarms. 

• Cooking equipment is the leading cause of structure fires. 

• Older adults are more likely to be killed by home fires than other age groups. 

Source: National Fire Protection Association 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.