City partners with Miami-Dade’s smoke detector program

By Alyna Bello….

Homestead Residents Eligible for Free Smoke Detectors and Installation

City of Homestead Mayor and Council and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) department have joined forces to distribute and install free smoke detectors throughout the community. Through a MDFR grant, Homestead residents are eligible to participate in the smoke detector installation program and receive a ten-year lithium battery and smoke detector. Fire inspectors will come to your home, install the device, as well as give homeowners information on fire safety, appliances, electrical plugs, hazards, or any potential dangers that may cause a fire within their home.

In 2007, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into effect Janelle’s Law, which requires the installation of smoke detectors in all residential dwellings. The goal of this program is to increase the number of homes with operational smoke detectors, decrease injury or death caused by smoke and fire, and help low-income families be prepared in case there is a fire emergency. Recently, a risk assessment was conducted by MDFR’s Management Information Systems Department and it was determined that Homestead is one of several Miami-Dade communities that has elevated fire statistics. It is recommended by Fire officials to change your battery-operated smoke detectors every ten years and to be vigilant in checking for faulty equipment. Make sure to create and practice an escape plan with your family and identify a meeting place once you have left the affected area. A working smoke detector can triple your chances of surviving a fire. These life-saving devices can give your valuable time to get out safely and protect you and your family. If you are interested in participating please submit your name, address, city, zip code, and phone to or call 786-331- 4476 for more information.

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