Firefighters distribute smoke alarms in Southwest Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters went door-to-door in Southwest Austin Saturday, handing out smoke alarms to residents who live near a home that caught fire last week.

The firefighters checked neighbors’ smoke alarms and installed free ones in their homes. In addition to smoke alarms, they say having a plan to get out of your home is important.

“In the event that something happens at 2 in the morning, you want to know what you’re going to do which includes rolling out bed onto the floor and crawling,” AFD Lt. Robert Kimmons said. “You want to feel the door. If it’s hot, go out a window. And have a meeting place for the rest of your family.”

The duplex that burned last weekend had smoke alarms, and the four people inside were able to get out.

If you need a smoke alarm, call AFD at 512-974-0299. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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