ALEXANDRIA, VA — Smoke detectors will be installed in the East Lynhaven Gateway neighborhood of Alexandria as part of an effort to ensure that all homes in the city have working smoke detectors.
Smoke detector installations will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 1. The Alexandria Smoke Detector Safety Installation Task Force, a partnership between the fire department, Friendship Firehouse and the American Red Cross, is working to install smoke detectors at various locations from the city. Since 2017, the task force has installed hundreds of smoke detectors in various neighborhoods, such as Old Town, Hume Springs, Del Ray, Warwick Village, Lynhaven Gateway, Quaker Village, Seminary West and more.
“Fire can spread quickly through your home, giving you only a minute or two to escape to safety once smoke detectors are triggered,” Fire Chief Corey Smedley said on the webpage. of the working group. “Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan and can save lives during a fire. With the help of our partners at the American Red Cross and Volunteer Alexandria, the Alexandria Fire Department ASSIST program will continue to work to educate residents about fire prevention and ensure they have working fire alarms.”
Smoke alarms are associated with reducing deaths and injuries from fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home and in all rooms where people sleep. From 2014 to 2018, 41% of fire deaths in the United States occurred in homes without smoke alarms and 16% in homes without working smoke alarms.
The task force is working with Volunteer Alexandria to recruit volunteers to help install smoke alarms in residents’ homes. Volunteers can register through Volunteer Alexandria or register through the Red Cross by entering the zip code 22304 and clicking “In Home Fire Safety Visits – Sound the Alarm Alexandria, VA.” Volunteers will report to the Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center (25 W. Reed Ave.) at 8 a.m. Oct. 1 for an information session.