FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The Ferguson fire and police departments were busy Saturday going door to door offering a life saving gift for free.
The Ferguson Fire Department installed smoke alarms with a 10 year battery life throughout the city. They plan to hit different subdivisions over the next 10 years so eventually the entire city of Ferguson will be on a rotating program to replace defective smoke detectors.
Doug Patrick with the Ferguson Fire Department said the department would ideally want to have two or three smoke detectors in each house.
“When we come to your house on an EMS call, we look around, and if you don't have one, we'll install them then,” Patrick said. “So this is not just a one day event for us, this is 365 days, 24/7 for us.”
Mary Johnson, a resident of Ferguson, said she was scared because of the fire department’s involvement at first because she didn’t understand what was going on. Now, she appreciates what they did.
“This means every 10 years, so I don’t really have to worry about the battery,” Johnson said. “ I like to cook and I like to fry stuff, especially early in the morning.”
Kate Struttman, the disaster program manager, said while smoke detectors are important during a fire, a plan of action is also important to protect the people as well as the building structure during a fire.
“We’re talking about having two minutes to get out, two different ways to get out, having a meeting place,” Struttman said.
Firefighters have spent much of November preparing for winter by making sure residents are practicing safe warming procedures and prepared in case a fire breaks out.
Firefighters in South St. Louis spent last weekend installing smoke detectors for free. Earlier this week, firefighters and Heat Up St. Louis gave tips for preventing fires when using space heaters.