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Firefighters conduct home safety blitz

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Members of the Indianapolis Fire Department went door to door Tuesday, talking fire safety with residents.

IFD spent part of the day in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, an area that has seen five deaths related to fires since 2017. Firefighters talked with residents about preventing fires and their escape plans. They even installed smoke alarms in homes that needed them.

“Three minutes is all you have when the fire starts to get out,” IFD Captain Aleatha Henderson said. “So if you don’t have a smoke alarm to alert you so that you have time to get out, it’s going to be very difficult.”

The smoke alarms were donated by the Indy American Red Cross.

Anyone who needs a smoke alarm can call the IFD smoke alarm hotline at (317) 327-6093.