Public-private partners aim to improve fire safety

September 09, 2014

The Akron Fire Department estimates that there are more than 5,000 homes in Akron without a single smoke detector. With the goal of reducing that number by 10 percent, Council approved legislation Monday evening that will allow the Fire Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and big-box retailer Lowe’s to install about 4,000 smoke alarms in 520 Akron homes. Funding for the program will come from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant. The Akron Fire Department will provide fire safety inspections to identify homes that need smoke detectors and Lowe’s will donate man-hours for installation. Monday’s Council meeting was the first following its annual summer recess. 

Sept 8, 2014 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.