Each year the Rockford Fire Department conducts Home Safety Surveys throughout the city. This program is beneficial because it allows firefighters the opportunity to meet citizens in their neighborhood and walk through residences giving free home safety inspections. During these visits, firefighters check smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly and install new batteries or detectors if needed at no charge. Firefighters also walk through the home with the resident trying to identify any fire hazards that may exist. At the end of the visit, the resident is presented with a certificate stating their participation in the program.