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Working smoke alarms are a crucial safety feature in every building, first responders say.

That’s why the Virginia Beach Fire Department is partnering with the American Red Cross Saturday for “Operation Smoke Alarm.” Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the agencies will distribute and install smoke alarms to qualifying Colony Mobile Home Park residents.

The program is part of an effort to provide working smoke alarms to at-risk communities, VBFD spokesman Art. F. Kohn Jr. wrote in a news release.

While the program is limited to certain Virginia Beach residents, the VBFD is encouraging people to check the batteries in this smoke alarms this weekend, keeping in mind that the entire alarm should be replaced every 10 years.