HFD, Red Cross distribute smoke detectors, fire prevention information

HFD, Red Cross distribute smoke detectors, fire prevention information

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg firefighters and volunteers from the American Red Cross teamed up Saturday to try to prevent house fires in parts of the Hub City.

They went from door to door in several neighborhoods near William Carey University to hand out free smoke detectors and fire prevention information.

It was part of a state-wide, Red Cross program called the Home Fire Campaign.

The goal of the program is to reduce fire deaths and injuries.

Firefighters also inspected smoke detectors if residents already had one.

"It helps us a lot, about putting up smoke detectors," said Capt. Mike McSwain of the Hattiesburg Fire Department. "If we can save just one life by that alarm going off, then we've done our job."

"That's the important part of what we're doing is to hopefully prevent fires that might take a life or take someone's household or their livelihood," said Carolyn Hill, a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Participants hope to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years.