Harrison County

Biloxi firefighters checking smoke detectors

Firefighters from Biloxi's nine fire stations will be canvassing neighborhoods Oct. 17, 24 and 31 to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors.

Fire Chief Joe Boney said up to three dozen firefighters and representatives of the American Red Cross will go into neighborhoods on weekends during October, which is Fire Prevention Month, to offer fire safety tips. They also will be checking smoke detectors and have free smoke detectors for older homes that need them.

Many of the 400 smoke detectors that are available were provided by Firehouse Subs and through fire department grants. The self-contained detectors are powered by a lithium battery that is rated to last 10 years.

Biloxi residents who would like a home visit or a free smoke detector can call the Biloxi fire chief's office at 435-6200, email jboney@biloxi.ms.us or contact the Red Cross at 896-4511.