MFD to install free smoke alarms to those in need

CREATED Apr 28, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- On Monday, the Milwaukee Fire Department will begin canvassing neighborhoods as part of Project F.O.C.U.S. -- Firefighters out creating urban safety -- an outreach program they hope will save many lives.

Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing and Mayor Tom Barrett are now leading the pitch to get homeowners to check their smoke detectors, and if they're not working, the city will get you one, and even install it for free.

"Last year we were fortunate to have had only two fire fatalities, the lowest number of fire fatalities in the recorded history of our city," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "This year, through today, we have recorded three fire fatalities."

Crews will be checking nearly 9,000 city homes for working smoke alarms and will offer fire safety tips to residents. 

"I can't stress the importance of having a working smoke detector," said Battalion Chief Dwayne Smoots. "When fires happen ... the smoke detectors will wake you up and get you out."

Rohlfing said firefighters will go door-to-door again on the next dry day.

To have a smoke dector installed call 414-286-8980.