UH fire station offers free smoke detectors

As part of a new policy, the University Heights Fire Department is giving away free state-of-the-art smoke detectors at the fire house 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All University Heights residents can pick up detectors at the station, which is next to City Hall, on Silsby Road at Warrensville Center Road. 

Some people have been reluctant to have fire department come into their homes to install the devices. The new policy, however, is designed to make sure there are no reasons left to avoid getting a smoke detector. Mayor Susan Infeld, Fire Chief John Pitchler and Fire Prevention Captain Steve Ineman want every house and apartment to have these life-saving detectors.

The main advantage is that the battery lasts for 10 years, so the devices do not require frequent battery replacements.

Furthermore, the detector takes care of three kinds of danger: smoldering matter that has yet to burst into flames, flash flame that starts without smoke, and a dead battery in the device.

More than 85 percent of all people who died in fires in Ohio since 2008 did not have functioning smoke detectors. During the first 18 days of 2011 alone, 10 people died in seven house fires – houses that did not have functioning smoke detectors.

University Heights has been giving away smoke detectors to its residents since early 2009. City code requires smoke detectors at Point-of-Sale inspection. 

According to Steve Ineman, free fire inspections are available to University Heights residents.

“If a resident wants a free home fire safety inspection, just telephone me at 216-320-8529 to schedule an appointment," he said.

Residents can call 216-321-1939 to schedule free installation of the detectors in their homes or they can go to the fire station, pick them up and install the device themselves.

This free program is available to all UH residents in houses and apartments, regardless of income. 

Anita Kazarin

Anita Kazarian is a marketing professional, founder of Noah’s Landing, LLC and a long-time resident of UH. Contact her at anitakazarian@gmail.com. 

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