LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Lexington firefighters were on a mission on Saturday to make sure every home has a working smoke alarm.
They went door to door as a part of Smoke Alarm Safety Day.
The day comes after the launch of a statewide campaign called “turn your attention to fire prevention” that’s aimed at reducing fire-related deaths. Kentucky reportedly ranks 7th in the country for people killed as a result of fires.
A spokesperson for the Lexington Fire Ddepartment estimates more than half of homes either don’t have smoke alarms or have outdated ones. Using mapping and fire data, the department was able to identify the Eastland neighborhood as a high-need area, and firefighters set out with a plan to knock on 11 hundred doors.
The department received a $50,000 federal grant for this program. All of the installations on Saturday were free.