Firefighters going door to door to install alarms

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Free smoke alarms will be distributed Thursday by Durham city fire personnel to residents in a neighborhood south of the Durham Freeway.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., firefighters will go door to door on Dunstan Avenue and Dupree, Concord and Moline streets to install and check alarms, with residents’ permission.
They’ll have extra batteries for those who have an alarm and need them.
Firefighters are concentrating on the area after a November fire claimed a life and investigators determined there wasn’t a working smoke alarm in the house.
“It’s very unfortunate any time a life is lost,” Fire Marshal Edward Reid said. “We see this neighborhood canvass as an educational opportunity to remind residents that working smoke alarms can save lives. We’ll do all we can to help save lives and prevent fire incidents from occurring. Going door to door and being face to face to provide fire safety education is a great way to get residents’ attention.”
Fire personnel plan to reach more than 80 homes with smoke alarms and other fire prevention safety tips, Reid said.
The department is also prepared to do home evaluations Thursday to help pinpoint potential fire hazards.
For information, contact Sierra Mckoy, public information officer for the Durham Fire Department, at 919-560-4233, ext. 19242, or by email at