Three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. happen because people don't have working or any smoke detectors in their home. The Weslaco Fire Department wants to change that number in their community.
"They need to be able to hear that beep where they sleep in order to save their lives,” said Weslaco Fire Department Lt. Rich Stubbs.
The Weslaco Fire Department, American Red Cross, and more than 100 Weslaco volunteers came together to install smoke detectors throughout the community as part of the 2nd annual Home Fire Preparedness campaign Saturday morning.
"We're on track to have 100 homes visited today and install up to two hundred smoke alarms in just one day,” said Stubbs.
Residents like Gregorio Villanueva were more than thankful to have a smoke alarm installed in their home.
"I thank them with a lot of care for what they have done in my house," he said.
Firefighters made sure he knew how to test and change the batteries of his new smoke alarm and provided him with an evacuation plan in case of a fire.
Stubbs said most families believe they will wake up from the smoke before the fire gets to them, but that's not always the case.
"What ends up happening is they go into a deeper sleep and dying from smoke inhalation,” Stubbs said.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of fire injuries or deaths in their community by 25 percent over the next five years.