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.
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