City Firefighters Canvass Neighborhood Offering Free Smoke Detectors
Updated: Saturday, February 22 2014, 10:14 PM EST
Saturday afternoon, Baltimore City Firefighters canvassed a North Baltimore neighborhood offering free smoke detectors to those in need.
They've been continuing this tradition for several years now and have installed hundreds of smoke detectors for residents during their tours.
"Yes, we do put out fire. Yes, we run EMS calls, but one of the most important things we do is prevention," said Baltimore City Fire Chief Niles Ford.
Last year, fire deaths in Baltimore City grew for the first time in four-years.
Early this month, Dennis Fisher became the city's first fire death of 2014.
His wife, Louise, explained it happened in their kitchen when his shirt caught fire from the stove.
In her home on Huntingdon Avenue, firefighters installed smoke detectors on each level both for her protection and as a tribute to her husband.