Baker is distributing free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers to residents who fill out a form included in their utility bills.

The program has been in place for three years, but in light of the high number of residential fires recently, Mayor Darnell Waites and Fire Chief Chris Hunt are urging residents to take advantage of it.

“We have installed four or five per day last week,” Hunt said.

The Fire Department also will help residents change batteries in smoke detectors if needed.

Baker residents may request that the fire department install the smoke detectors or they may pick them up to install themselves.

Hunt recommends that people check the batteries in their smoke detectors twice a year, whenever they change their clocks into or out of daylight saving time.

Smoke detectors should be placed in all bedrooms and hallways, and on each level of a home, including basements, Hunt said.

Many fires are caused by plugging space heaters into extension cords or placing them fewer than three feet from objects that could catch fire.

Hunt urged residents to be careful in heating their homes, especially with cooler temperatures expected to return next week.

Baker residents can call (225) 775-3712 for information. Residents of other cities can receive free smoke detectors through the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (225) 925-4911 or the Red Cross (844) 741-7270.