The Hartsdale Paid Firefighter’s Association is conducting a public awareness campaign for residents on the need for smoke detectors and will be giving away detectors to residents next week.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24 and 25, Hartsdale residents can visit Hartsdale Fire Station #2 at 300 West Hartsdale Ave. to pick up one of 50 free combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. The detectors, made by Kidde, provide loud voice alerts and can say if there is smoke, fire or carbon monoxide present in a home, said Deputy Chief Joseph Kelley. If requested, he said firefighters will also visit homes to choose the proper location of detectors and install them. Proof of residence will be required.
Kelley said the firefighters purchased the detectors themselves, partly in response to a tragic Christmas Day fire in Stamford, CT that claimed the lives of three girls and their grandparents. It is believed there were no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in the home, according to reports.