The Enterprise Fire Department will distribute free smoke detectors to those living within city limits later this month in an effort to increase the chances of surviving a fire.
‘Operation Smoke Detector’ will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at the corner of W. Harrison Street and Bell Street. Smoke detectors will be given out while supplies last. Volunteers, paired with EFD personnel, will be going door-to-door in the area offering smoke detectors and installation, if needed.
“When there is a house fire, you may have as little as two minutes to safely escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds. A working smoke detector increases the chance of you and your family getting out safe,” Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis said. “Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so they know what to do when the alarm goes off.”
Davis also encouraged everyone to plan and practice a fire escape route. He offered the following tips:
- Know at least two ways out of each room, if possible
- Make sure all windows and doors open easily
- Designate a place to meet outside that’s a safe distance from your property
- Practice your plan at least twice a year
Chief Davis’ message coincides with the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9-15. This year’s campaign is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” Mayor William E. Cooper signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 9-15, 2022, as Fire Prevention Week in Enterprise.
For more information and additional resources on National Fire Prevention Week, click here.