“We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan. These are tools proven to save lives – because even one fire death is one too many,” says State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.
The alarms are free, but must be installed by the fire department or a partnering organization that has been trained by the fire department. Because supplies are limited, the fire department may need to give first preference to those who are not able to otherwise afford smoke alarms.
“We are excited to be able to partner with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in providing these smoke alarms for families in our community,” said Chief Dana Clift of the Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes, and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely.”
To request an installation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/LOVFD. Include your name, address, email and phone number. A fire department representative will then contact you to schedule a time for the installation.
In addition to having working smoke alarms, follow these other important tips to make sure your home is fire-safe:
- Always stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- Check to see that matches and lighters are kept up high in a cabinet with a childproof lock.
- Develop a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room, as well as an outside meeting place. Share and practice the plan with every member of the household.
- Keep portable space heaters and candles three feet away from anything that can burn, including people, furniture, and pets.
- Always turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Have the chimney cleaned and checked regularly.
- Do not smoke in bed.
- Make sure that all matches and ashes are cool before being thrown away.
- Make sure that extension cords are in good condition and are used to power small items only – never major appliances.
For more information on fire safety, visit the State Fire Marshal’s Office “Get Alarmed Program” website at www.tn.gov/commerce/article/fire-get-alarmed.