Homeowners must have smoke detectors

A city or­din­ance (No. 120278) re­quires homeown­ers to in­stall 10-year lith­i­um bat­tery-powered smoke de­tect­ors on every floor.

“We en­cour­age homeown­ers to go out and get the 10-year de­tect­ors,” said Ex­ec­ut­ive Fire Chief Richard Dav­is­on, “but if you can’t af­ford them, we’ll in­stall them prop­erly for free.”

Just call 311. Al­though the Fire De­part­ment tries to keep a good sup­ply on hand, the smoke alarms go fast.

In 2012, the de­part­ment gave out more than 22,700 de­tect­ors, Dav­is­on said in a Feb. 22 phone in­ter­view.

All fire­houses are in­volved in the pro­gram, he said. The pro­gram is free for Phil­adelphia res­id­en­tial homeown­ers, the chief said.

To be eli­gible, you must live in a one- or two-fam­ily,  own­er-oc­cu­pied dwell­ing. Apart­ments are the own­ers’ re­spons­ib­il­it­ies, Dav­is­on said.

Vis­it freedom­from­fire.com for more in­form­a­tion. ••

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