Officials give away free smoke alarms

Bronx residents headed over to Councilman James Vacca's district office Friday to pick up free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Bronx residents headed over to Councilman James Vacca's district office Friday to pick up free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. (12/18/15)

THE BRONX - Bronx residents headed over to Councilman James Vacca's district office Friday to pick up free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. 

Authorities say more than 70 percent of fire-related deaths happen in homes where there isn't a detector or working batteries. 

"You want to have it in the ceiling or along the wall, high, close to the ceiling, but drop it down four inches, you don't want it tight in the corner," New York City Fire Department Capt. Kevin Anderson says. "And if you don't have any, I would tell people put it where you're going to hear it when you're sleeping, so wherever you're sleeping, it should be in earshot."

Officials say approximately 200 alarms were given out.

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