LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – They’ve walked and knocked. It’s for an important cause – being prepared in the event of a house fire.

The American Red Cross and Almost Family, an in-home caretaker organization were training volunteers in Jeffersontown who are then going door-to-door to help install smoke detectors and educate families.

“Without their volunteers, we would not be able to do this – 2,500 homes in four hours to reach and make sure these houses are safe and also to install smoke detectors. What a great thing for this community,” Jeffersontown Fire Chief Sean Dreisbach said.

Jeffersontown was the focus of the session and Chief Dreisbach said the information being taught is critical.

Not only everyone who attended said smoke detectors are critical, other important tasks are having a fire escape and a home fire checklist which are things kids should not kids should not be able to touch and having a fire extinguisher nearby.

Smoke detectors were installed free of charge. The goal is to reduce fire injuries and deaths by 25 percent in the next 5 years.

“Not only one smoke detector per house but smoke detectors in each one of the bedrooms of each house as well as in the hallways of the multiple floors,” Chief Dreisbach said.