LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The city is taking action to reduce the fire risk in the city's vacant and abandoned properties.

This week, the metro government will begin installing low-cost wireless smoke detectors in those properties. The idea is to avoid devastating fires and protect nearby homes.

Created through a partnership with local civic hackers, the smoke detectors use a cellular 3G wireless connection to alert authorities when a fire breaks out.

Each smoke detector costs $150 and is expected to work for up to ten years.