HAGERSTOWN - A $25,000 grant is paying for a new effort by City of Hagerstown firefighters to reach out to people most at risk for fires.
Fire-prevention officer Mike Weller said Monday that firefighters will kick off a new program when they take to the streets May 1 as part of their annual smoke alarm giveaway.
Beside installing tamper-resistant lithium smoke alarms, which last 10 years, participants in the city fire department's neighborhood canvassing effort will teach residents about fire hazards, Weller said.
People at risk for fires include the elderly, families with toddlers, the disabled and people who speak English as a second language, as well as people living in poverty, Weller said. The causes of most of the city's fires are related to the actions of the people involved, he said.