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Posted on: October 4, 2021

Mayor Brown and Fire Commissioner Renaldo Launch Fire Prevention Month in Buffalo

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Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner William Renaldo announced today that the Buffalo Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) - the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years - to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. To learn more, Mayor Brown also encouraged residents and families to attend one of the 5 scheduled Fire House Open Houses in Buffalo.

Mayor Brown stated, “I am pleased that in-person Fire House Open Houses will resume this year, after being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Buffalo Fire Department’s continued commitment to the safety of our City residents and business owners is greatly appreciated. With a focus on the sounds of fire safety, I encourage children and their families to visit an open house, where they will receive life-saving safety tips and other important information. We all know that the best way to prevent injury and property loss due to a fire is to be prepared.”

Below is a list of October 2021 Fire House Open Houses in Buffalo:

Monday, October 11, 2021 - Engine 21

1229 Jefferson Avenue & Kingsley 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Engine 36 - 860 Hertel Avenue 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Engine 2376 - Virginia & Elmwood 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Engine 4 - 939 Abbott Road & Hollywood 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Engine 23 - 3226 Bailey Avenue 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


The Buffalo Fire Department encourages all City residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.

Fire Commissioner Renaldo stated, “It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.”

At the scheduled Fire House Open Houses, The Buffalo Fire Department will share safety tips, including those listed below, to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”.

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed
  • All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced
  • Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities

Join Mayor Byron W. Brown, Fire Commissioner William Renaldo and members of the Buffalo Fire Department for a fun-filled month of Fire Safety! To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Buffalo, go to or contact the Buffalo Fire Departments Fire Prevention Bureau at (716) 851-5333 extension 752.


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