The Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department will provide and install a free smoke detector for any qualifying Jacksonville resident living in a single-family or two-family residence. The department also will install replacement batteries in existing smoke detectors at no charge.

Smoke detectors help save lives by warning residents of a fire in time to escape.

For a free smoke detector or to arrange to have the batteries in an existing device replaced, call 904-630-CITY (2489). It should be re-emphasized that not everyone will be eligible or meet the criteria for the service, due to the limited resources available. Exclusionary examples from the benefits of the free smoke detector program include businesses, contractors and rental properties.

Businesses, organizations or individuals who want to help prevent residential fire deaths through increased use of smoke detectors can contribute to the Mayor's Home Fire Safety Program. Call 904-630-0445 for more information.