BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's fire department are encouraging city residents to learn about fire safety with six Open House events at firehouses around the city.

At the open houses, attendees will be given free smoke detectors with 10-year-non-removable batteries, coloring books and fire prevention safety tips. Fire officials, firefighters and other experts will also be on-hand to meet with residents and give them tours of the firehouse.

The open houses are part of Fire Prevention and Safety Month, announced Tuesday afternoon by Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Fire Department at an open house preview.

During the preview event, two new fire apparatus that will help Buffalo firefighters battle blazes were unveiled. The city bought the rigs as part of the mayor's $26 million investment in the replacement and improvement of Buffalo Fire's fleet in 2006.

This month's theme is Don't Wait-Check the Date! calling on residents to replace smoke alarm batteries every 10 years. Starting in January, shoppers in New York will only be able to buy smoke detectors with 10-year batteries that can't be removed -- the smoke detectors that will be given out at the city-wide open houses.

Here is a list of the Open Houses in Buffalo:

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Engine 34, Main Street between Mercer and Depew. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • Engine 37, Rhode Island and Chenango. 10:30 a.m. - Noon.
  • Engine 3, Broadway and Monroe. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22

  • Engine 21/Ladder 6, Jefferson and Kingsley. 10 a.m. - Noon.
  • Engine 31, Bailey and Doat. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

  • Engine 4, Abbott and Hollywood. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

At the open houses, people can also sign up for the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. The system allows the City of Buffalo to send out phone calls, text messages emails and other digital emergency or non-emergency alerts.

"I am proud of Buffalo Fire's continued commitment to the safety of our city residents and business owners, not just during fire prevention month, but year-round," Brown said. "This month, I encourage city youth and their parents to visit an open house where they will receive important information on how working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, along with other life-saving safety tips. We all know what the best way to prevent injury and property loss due to a fire is to be prepared."