On Saturday, June 1, Greensboro Firefighters may arrive on your front porch, but don’t worry, nothing’s wrong – in fact, they are bearing gifts.

Gifts that might actually save your life.

The Greensboro Fire Department and its firefighters are taking part in the statewide “Smoke Alarm Saturday” campaign.

Every single company and crew with the Greensboro Fire Department will be actively involved in the initiative, which has a goal of installing hundreds of smoke alarms in the city that day.

For four hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., fire department personnel will be canvassing the neighborhoods they serve and installing fire alarms for those who need them.

On that Saturday, many departments across the state will be doing the same thing as part of North Carolina’s program that’s attempting to enhance fire safety as well as increasing awareness in communities by ensuring that homes are equipped with working smoke alarms.

Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson stated this week that this was an extremely important campaign for the department and city residents.

 “Working smoke alarms are a critical component in preventing fire-related injuries and fatalities,” he said. “Our goal is to ensure every home in Greensboro has the protection it needs.”

A press release from the City of Greensboro promoting the event noted, “Residents are encouraged to welcome the firefighters into their homes and take advantage of this free service.”

According to stats from the state, having a working fire alarm in your house can cut your chances of dying in a fire by roughly half.

Last year, about 65 fire departments across North Carolina participated in Smoke Alarm Saturday. In that 2023 effort, more than 6,100 smoke alarms were distributed to state residents thanks to smoke alarm canvassing grants.