The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association will install 1,000 free smoke alarms in homes around the county starting in early August, according to association President Jay Grimes.
Volunteer firefighters will install the smoke alarms in homes that were built before 1975 or those that are in "high-risk areas" for fires, Grimes said.
"Houses built before 1975 were not required by law to be built with smoke detectors," he said.
Association members have not yet identified the "high-risk" areas they will target, Grimes said. They received the smoke alarms Wednesday and are planning the details of the program, he said.
Maryland is one of 10 states to benefit from a $250,000 federal grant that will pay for smoke alarms that volunteers will distribute and install and then study for efficiency, Allen Gosnell, a public information officer with the State Fire Marshal's Office, said.