Get smoke detectors installed in your home for free!

Do you need to have smoke detectors and/or batteries installed in your home? There is a program available to help. 

Facts & Figures:

  • Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Roughly one of every five smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.
  • In the U.S., a civilian dies from fire every 156 minutes.

How to make sure your smoke detector works properly:

  1. Test your smoke detector once a month.
  2. Press the test button on your detector and check that the device beeps or rings loudly.
  3. Use a broom handle or pool cue to test hard to reach smoke detectors.
  4. Avoid lighting candles under the detector to see if the alarm goes off. Repeated use of smoke to activate detectors can cause them to fail when a real fire occurs.

Source:  National Fire Protection Association (

How to get free smoke detectors and batteries installed in your home:

The Vanguards of Cleveland (local chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters) are offering to install smoke detectors and/or batteries free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The program is available to all owner occupants and renters. Seniors and disabled persons are especially encouraged to apply!

To have smoke detectors/batteries installed in your home, call the Ward 11 Safety Coordinator Greg Pollard at 216-383-9772. He will assist you with completing the application and forward it to the Vanguards of Cleveland.

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