Walker County Fire and Rescue, Red Cross install smoke alarms in homes
Walker County Fire and Rescue and the American Red Cross had their Smoke Alarm Blitz Saturday, where they went to homes and installed over 50 smoke alarms.
Fire Chief Blake Hodge said it’s always better to be proactive in fire safety.
"We want to be proactive because prevention is the key to injuries and the loss of life in fires,” Hodge said.
Hodge said too many residents do not have working smoke alarms.
"As far as the problem with smoke alarms of being operable inside of homes, nationwide, there is a problem. And Walker County across the board has the same problem,” Hodge explained.
Last year, four people died in residential fires in Walker County.
Hodge said lives could have been saved if those homes would have had working smoke alarms.
"A lot of people have the mentality that it's never going to happen. Hadn't happened yet in your life, it's not going to happen in the future. And that's just not the case,” Hodge said.
Ridgeland High School seniors Renee Philips and Zoe Mayes volunteered as part of their senior project.
They say what Chief Hodge and the department are doing is a step in the right direction.
"It encourages you to help the community and be able to prevent it in the long run,” Mayes said.
"It makes me feel safer they are going door to door like this. Because they are making sure you have good fire alarms and that you are protected,” Phillips said.
And after Saturday, they said it's better to be safe than sorry.
Walker County Fire will also install smoke alarms upon request.