Picente Announces New Smoke Alarm Program

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced the Oneida County will be participating in a smoke alarm installation project.   

Funded by a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant provided to the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the project will cover the service areas of the following fire departments: Camden, Clark Mills, Lee Center, Maynard, Oriskany Falls, Stittville, Sylvan Beach, Taberg, Vienna Whitesboro and Willowvale.

“Smoke alarms are an important line of defense for every family, so that in the event of a fire, family members and pets can be saved,” Picente said, noting that FEMA data indicates that about 70 percent of residential fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Picente said that under the grant-funded program, the fire departments supported through the state grant will conduct home visits to residents in selected communities to install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education. Area residents who are served by the fire departments who will be assisted through the grant should contact their fire departments directly for a home visit, Picente said.
“This program is an excellent way to help improve the safety of Oneida County residents, and I strongly urge our local families to participate, particularly those who have children or older citizens living with them. The extra margin of time provided by a smoke alarm can be vital in an emergency situation,” Picente said.
Picente added that smoke alarms are one part of a fire prevention strategy, and encouraged area residents to practice fire prevention by removing risks. He suggested that area residents with fire safety questions visit the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and control’s web site at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/fire/firewww.html, the Federal government’s resource site for residential fire safety and prevention information at http://www.firesafety.gov or the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org.