CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Fire Prevention Week is kicking off in Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Fire Department and Albemarle County Fire and Rescue are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Look, Listen, and Learn campaign.

The campaign highlights three simple steps to prevent fire:

  • Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home.  Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Then, go to you outside meeting place.
  • Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Charlottesville Fire Department Captain Nick Barrell says the best way to prevent fire is by having a working smoke alarm in your home. “The best tip that we can offer is to have a working smoke alarm when you come in your house. That alone is the most important device you can have to save your life if there was a fire.”

Charlottesville Fire Department offers free smoke alarms to any city resident. To get one, you can call the smoke detector hotline at 434-970-3245.