Several students have added fire safety to their class schedule this fall.

To raise awareness about fire and carbon monoxide safety in the community and on campus, Danville Fire Department, Danville Community College and Averett University are partnering with First Alert — along with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation — to participate in the third annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project.

The project will kick-off Wednesday throughout Danville. Students and residents will be able to learn about fire safety and work alongside firefighters to properly equip homes with combination smoke and CO alarms.

As part of the project, Danville Fire Department was chosen along with 24 other departments to host community events nationwide. Danville Community College and Averett University students will work alongside firefighters to conduct home safety visits in at-risk communities and install the 100 combination smoke and CO alarms donated by First Alert.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of four fires occur in the home, the very place that most people feel the safest.

“The NFPA reports when a home does have working smoke alarms, it cuts the fatality risk of home fires in half,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert.

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