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Firefighters Canvass Neighborhoods In Smoke-Detector Effort

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Uniformed fire fighters will be going door-to-door in parts of Northeast Washington today, offering to check and install smoke alarms for residents.

The effort follows the most recent residential fire on East Capital Street. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite says the District has only had one fire fatality so far this year, but he says that's one too many. One way to try to prevent more deaths is to make sure homes have working smoke detectors.

"What we've found is throughout the city no matter what social or economic background you come from, we're finding that a lot of the homes do not have a working smoke detector," he says.

Crosswhite says the smoke detectors firefighters will install also monitor carbon monoxide. He says that's especially important for older homes with gas heaters and stoves.

The effort is being funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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