Milwaukee firefighters deliver free pizza for working smoke detectors

Posted at 9:41 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 23:58:30-04

Milwaukee firefighters posed as pizza delivery drivers Tuesday night as part of Fire Prevention Week to see if people have working smoke detectors.

Mary Jaimes was thrilled to get free pizza from Dominos. Turns out she regularly checks to make sure her smoke detectors work.

"The safety of everyone in the house," Jaimes said.

The Milwaukee Fire Department spent the evening following a delivery driver.

"If they have a working smoke alarm then they get the pizza for free," said Lt. Michael Ball of Milwaukee Fire Department.

If the smoke detector isn't working, instead of a free pizza, firefighters install a working one at no charge.

"We're installing smoke alarms with 10 year sealed batteries and the hush button as well," Ball said.

Lizz Etteortega welcomed the reminder since checking for working smoke detectors isn't usually at the top of her to do list.

"We don't regularly, but now we will," she said.

"Saves us $23 we were expecting to spend," Etteortega also said.

Checking smoke detectors is an easy check that ultimately saves lives.

"We want to make sure that every single household in the city has a working smoke alarm and that's our goal to do that within five years," Ball said.

If you don't have working smoke detectors and you live in Milwaukee you can call the hotline to request a free one, 414-286-8980.  Many municipalities have similar programs.  It's best to check with your local fire department.