GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Gulfport fire department is trying to increase the odds people make it out of their homes alive should it catch on fire. Firefighters are giving out and installing 150 free smoke detectors to low income families. They were paid for with grant money and can operate 10 years without needing new batteries.
Firefighters say people are 90 percent more likely to survive a fire if they have a smoke detector working properly in their home.
"If you have a smoke detector that is going off because it's chirping or hear some strange noise, it needs a battery replaces," said Harrison County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Ing. "Maybe you need to replace the smoke detector itself. It's advisable if you're not sure. If you're elderly and can't handle getting up to it, give us a call. We'll be more than happy to come out and help you out."
If you would like to apply for a free smoke detector call the Gulfport Fire Department at (228) 868-5950.