Gonzales Fire Department District Chief Leo Graves has installed smoke detectors in residents’ homes.

His work is part of the state Fire Marshal’s Office program that provides the free devices.

Residents must complete an application before the smoke detectors are installed, a news release from the Fire Department said.

“This is something we are so happy to do,” Graves said. “Smoke alarms save lives. It’s as simple as that. Nowadays with more and more homes having open floor plans and being made with a larger amount of synthetic materials, fires are spreading quicker than ever before, and the smoke is more toxic.

“We feel that these smoke detectors are a priority in alerting people quickly that a severe situation could be happening,” he said.

Anyone who knows of someone in need of the smoke detectors are asked to call the Gonzales Fire Department and leave a name, number and contact details. “We can then contact the resident and begin the application process,” Graves said.

Graves visited the home of Gonzales residents Gloria and Joe Webre, installed two smoke detectors and removed two older ones, the release said.

“It’s just awesome that my elderly parents can get this service through the city of Gonzales Fire Department,” Kim Gautreau, the Webres’ daughter, said. “It’s at no charge to them and helps me to sleep better at night.”

For information, call (225) 644-5307.