Petersburg Fire Department working to get smoke detector in every home

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — In Petersburg, the fire department is going door to door to try and prevent fires.

For the next three days, fire officials will be going to homes in the Overbrook subdivision of the city to offer preventative services.

Their goal is to make sure every home in the city is equipped with a smoke detector.

“Fire is a devastating thing and we want to do whatever we can to keep our community safe,” said Petersburg Fire Marshall, Division Chief James Reid.

The Petersburg Fire Department is partnering with the American Red Cross to make sure every home has what they call the most basic of life-saving devices.

“A smoke alarm is an inexpensive protective device that someone can easily install in their residence,” Reid said.

They will also be offering safety checks looking for any fire hazards that may be in your home.

“With an older home the electrical service is sometimes old as well the construction is old,” Reid said. “The wood has been around for a log time and has lost its moisture content. It’s extremely important that we monitor any safety issues within a house and provide our citizens with the best fire protection possible.”

If you live in Petersburg and would like a smoke detector delivered to you home you can contact the Fire Marshall’s office at 804-733-2409

They will be in the Overbrook neighborhood July 11-13 from 1-5 p.m.

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