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February 8, 2013

City homeowners can get free smoke detectors

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle fire department has provided free smoke detectors to approximately 100 homes this year.

Fire Chief Tom Maciarello said Thursday the department began furnishing the detectors to homeowners about a week and a half ago.

The city purchased the detectors with a $25,110 grant provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Maciarello said he believes the department will be able to furnish about 700 homes with two detectors each.

The units come with a tamper-proof 10-year lithium battery that can detect both fire and smoke, he said.

Maciarello noted residents can pick up the detectors at the central fire station or the department will install them free of charge. He said about 90 percent of the units given away so far have been installed by the department.

“People are well satisfied with it,” he said of the detectors.

Residents who want to pick up the smoke detectors must show proof of residency.

The department is providing the detectors only to single-family dwellings regardless of a person’s income.

The smoke detectors are being provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To obtain smoke detectors, or to have them installed by the department, residents should call (724) 656-3567 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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