Tyler Fire goes door to door and checks residents’ smoke detectors

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Tyler Fire Department will soon be going door to door near the Caldwell Zoo to help residents install or check smoke detectors.

According to the city of Tyler, firefighters and the American Red Cross will focus on homes in North Tyler near Woldert Park and Caldwell Zoo on July 12, 19 and 26 to check residents’ smoke detectors.

They are focusing on this part of the city after a recent fire broke out in a house without smoke detectors.

The Tyler Fire Department said it will also replace batteries and install free smoke detectors in homes that require them, since the risk of death in a structure fire is about 50% lower with working detectors.

Residents are encouraged to test their smoke alarms once a month by pressing the test button and confirming that three beeps are heard.

“Don’t hear the beeps? Then it’s time to change the batteries if your model requires them. If your smoke alarm is 10 years old, it’s time for a new alarm as the sensor becomes less sensitive over time,” the City of Tyler said.

For more information or to schedule a free smoke detector installation, residents can contact the fire department at 903-535-0005.