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Fire Safety Reminders

February 27, 2020 | Bureau of Fire

In light of recent tragedies throughout Lancaster County, the City of Lancaster Bureau of Fire is reminding Lancaster city residents that “Smoke Alarms Save Lives.” Installing a smoke alarm is the first step to keeping your family safe from house fires.

The Fire Marshals Division reminds residents to:

– Install smoke alarms on every floor and in every bedroom.

– Test your smoke alarm every month by the pressing the “test” button.

– Ensure every person in your home understands and practices your home fire escape plan twice a year.

City code requires properties in Lancaster city to use smoke alarms that are either hard-wired with battery back-up or powered by a 10-year lithium battery. The City prohibits smoke alarms using removable nine-volt batteries as sources of power.

10-year lithium battery smoke alarms are available to homeowners for free. Residents should contact the Fire Marshal Division at firemarshal@cityoflancasterpa.com or (717) 291-4869 for more information.

The City of Lancaster Bureau of Fire, in partnership with the Lancaster City Fire Foundation, have funded a free smoke alarm program for all homeowners in the city for the past decade. Last year alone, the program installed over 300 smoke alarms.