There have been 24 fire fatalities since the beginning of 2017 and Baltimore City Fire officials aim to have zero more.
That's why Baltimore City firefighters from across the city participated in Saturday's "smoke alarm sweep" to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes.
In addition to installing free smoke alarms with 10-year batteries, firefighters also spoke to residents about having escape plans, making sure paths out of homes are free of clutter, and checking other potential hazards.
“We are taking strides to educate all city residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms and fire safety,” said Chief Niles R. Ford.
If someone was not at home during the sweep, fire officials said residents can call 3-1-1 to request a free smoke alarm and a firefighter would arrive within two hours.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been corrected to reflect the sweep was done by the Baltimore City Fire Dept.