Firefighters provide free smoke detectors

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Firefighters are visiting homes on Indy's southwest side today in hopes of preventing a tragedy by providing homeowners with free smoke detectors.

Having a smoke detector in your home is the first step to escaping a fire as soon as possible. But just having one isn't enough.

Still, to make sure everyone in the city is equipped with a smoke alarm, firefighters are going door-to-door today, offering and installing detectors for free.

If you already have a smoke detector, or even several, are you sure that they are working? Check or change the batteries. Don't wait until you hear that chirping sound, fire advise.

And you should try to have as many as possible, according to IFD's Aleatha Henderson. "You should have one in each area of the home," she said. "One in the bedroom area and, if enough, one inside of each bedroom, especially if you have small children where someone is sleeping."

Two thirds of fatal fires happen because there is no working smoke alarm. In Indianapolis this year, eight people have died in fires. And in those fires, only two homes were found to have working smoke alarms.

Your family should also have a plan in place to escape, including where to meet outside the home.

In Wayne and Decatur Townships, firefighters are visiting neighborhoods to distribute more than 2,000 smoke detectors.

If you aren't home, you can call your fire department and they will bring you a detector while supplies last.

In the Mars Hill area or if any other Decatur or Wayne Township resident needs a detector, call the following numbers: 

Decatur Twp Resident

Wayne Twp Resident