Firefighters hope to give out 3,000 free smoke alarms in Houston

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Houston firefighters said the donation of 3,000 worry-proof smoke alarms will help make the city a safer place.

No Houston home should be without a smoke alarm, even if you can't afford one.

That was the message of Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena, who accepted a donation of 3,000 worry-proof smoke detectors today through a partnership with Kidde and Home Depot.

Operation Save a Life works to put smoke alarms in the hands of those who need them, Pena said.

"Eighty percent of fire deaths across the United States are preventable, and could have been prevented if they had a working smoke alarm," Pena said. "[This program is] going to make Houston a safer place to live and work."

Pena said HFD wants to install all 3,000 smoke alarms in homes by the end of the year.

Residents in Houston should call their fire station if they don't have a smoke alarm. Firefighters can even help install them, Pena said.

The smoke alarms feature a sealed-in, 10-year battery that reduces the need to check and test these alarms, making them friendly for homes where the elderly and disabled live.

"We do take public safety seriously in the City of Houston," said Houston City Councilor Brenda Stardig. "We want to make sure everyone knows we care, and everyone has the opportunity to stay safe."

To date, Kidde has donated more than 21,000 smoke alarms since the program began.

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