Memphis Firefighters Hand Out Smoke Detectors

(Memphis) They call it a “blitz.”

Memphis fire fighters knocking on doors making sure people know smoke alarms can save their lives.

They’re getting the word out after a fire Monday took the life of a 79-year-old George Brack on Winwood Drive.

Fire officials aren’t sure if Brack’s smoke detector was working but Battalion Chief Mark Kelly says the devices do make a difference, “If they have a smoke detector it gives them a way to get out before things get bad.”

As firefighters tested some alarms and gave out new ones, crews got word of a fire just down the road.

A man left his stove on when he went to work.

He was gone only 20 minutes when his kitchen caught fire.

Battalion Chief Kelly says Rufus Goodman’s smoke alarm was working, and while it didn’t save him in this situation, If he been asleep when the fire ignited, it would have been a different story, “Because if you are asleep or if people are in other rooms, the fire and smoke can build in an area and you’ll know until it’s too late.”

For people who weren’t home to hear their message, firefighters left notes on doors.

It let them know they can pick up a free smoke detector from their local fire station. And that offer applies to all Memphians who want to be safe.

The fire department says be sure to check your smoke detector at least twice a year.

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