TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - "So, I'm going to ask you, do you have smoke detectors in the home?" asked firefighters.
That was the question the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) was asking while out and about in the community today, to promote their month-long "Where's the Beep?" campaign. The new campaign is where firefighters ask citizens in the Tallahassee area to check their smoke detectors to help fire prevention.
Monday, Firefighters and Red Cross volunteers went door to door in the Apalachee Ridge neighborhood to bring awareness to fire safety.
According to TFD, that area is the most affected by fire-related incidents in Tallahassee, with 39 incidents reported in the last year.
"The smoke alarm is the only thing that is going to protect you and your family 24 hours a day and seven days a week if a fire occurs," says TFD Lt. Mike Bellamy. "And you only have 3 or 4 minutes to escape your home. So that's why it's so important to have that smoke alarm working, properly installed. So you and your family can get out of that home quickly."
The fire department donated 200 9-volt batteries so homeowners could replace old ones in their smoke alarms and passed out more than 60 cards that will allow people to reach out to the fire department to install new alarms.