After recent tragedies of several fires in the community, the Norristown Fire Department is reminding residents there are resources available to the community. At yesterday’s council workshop, Chief O’Donnell reiterated the importance of fire safety and prevention. A handful of the recent fires have been caused by candles, incense and kitchen cooking.

Today we would like to share a program that many people forget is available for free. The Fire Department has a smoke detector program where you can request smoke detectors for your home.

The Fire Marshal’s Unit operates a smoke detector program. Free smoke detectors are available through this program.

Any Norristown resident needing a smoke detector is encouraged to call the hotline at 610-270-2870

Simply submit a request online and you will be contacted by a member of the fire department.

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The National Fire Protection Association has these tips regarding smoke detectors.

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.


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