Charlottesville firefighters check smoke detectors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Firefighters with the Charlottesville Fire Department knocked on doors in the 10th and Page neighborhood Friday to fulfill their mission of keeping families safe from fires with working smoke detectors.

The group canvassed houses to test smoke alarms and provide free ones for residents.

"Our goal, as the fire department for the city of Charlottesville, is that every home in 100 percent of the city of Charlottesville has working, installed smoke alarms," said Jay Davis, a battalion chief at the Charlottesville Fire Department.

Davis said smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to knowing when a fire is in your house.

He said a majority of the fires they've seen in the city start in the kitchen.

"Someone puts something on the stove and they don't realize that the stove is on, like a piece of paper or a box or some clothing and it catches fire and there's no one there attending it or watching it," Davis said.

When it comes to making sure your smoke detector works, Davis said residents should test it regularly.

"There's a test button on it. You push and hold it. It'll beep and sound off. You'll know it's working." he said. "When you change your clocks in the spring and the fall, check your smoke alarms and check your batteries. You should be changing them twice a year."

The Charlottesville Fire Department will also canvass the neighborhood Saturday.

If you would like to get your smoke detector checked or have a new one installed, you can contact the Charlottesville Fire Department's smoke alarm call line at (434) 970-3245.

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