LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – On Saturday, Lexington firefighters took to the streets on the Armstrong Mill Road corridor to continue their fight to reduce home fire deaths.

Firefighters were hoping to knock on over 600 doors with the goal of installing free smoke alarms inside any home that needed them. Major Jessica Bowman confirmed Saturday marked the seventh time firefighters went door to door like this.

“Working smoke alarms remain your best defense in a house fire,” said Bowman. “It is one of the best ways we can protect our community before the emergency occurs.”

A news release from the Lexington Fire Department revealed that on a national scale, 60% of home fire fatalities occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Comparing this to local data, 90% of Fayette County home fire fatalities occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

“We recognize the need for smoke alarms in our community, and we are proud that this initiative has been credited with saving 14 lives since 2017. We expect that number will continue to rise as the program continues,” Bowman said.

Lexington firefighters were able to purchase almost 2,100 smoke alarms thanks to a $25,000 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, which will be used to go door to door in the Armstrong Mill Road neighborhood three total times.

Lexington Fire Department’s smoke alarm program is available year-round to any family living in Fayette County. Interested persons should call 859-231-5662 for more information.