Tonawanda News — And while not common in North Tonawanda, two individuals died on Third Avenue this year in a home reported to be without properly working smoke alarms. Residential fires account for 76 percent of overall fires and 83 percent of fire-related deaths, according to the NFPA.
Croop said now that his supply has been reinforced, he will direct city firefighters to carry more smoke alarms with them and hand them out more frequently to residents who either can’t afford them or are physically unable to install them. Residents can also call the fire department to request smoke alarms.
“Have a plan,” Croop said. “Don’t make the first time you think about fire safety when you’re having a fire.”
Capozzi said he will continue his collections efforts and try to purchase more smoke alarms later this year, something he feels is important to keep in steady supply.
“I’ve seen when smoke alarms have not been utilized,” he said. “It’s tragic.”
Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.CONTACT • To request smoke alarms call 693-2201.