Two homes in Warren County were completely destroyed by fire last week – with one resident escaping with only the clothes on his back.
This shows the need for a working smoke detector in every home, local fire officials say. Smoke detectors save lives.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, having a working smoke detector cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half. That’s a tremendous statistical advantage for a device that typically costs under $20.
But if cost is an issue, McMinnville Fire Department and Morrison Volunteer Fire Department have free smoke detectors for homeowners in their areas.
“We still have our program,” said McMinnville Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield. “We’ve installed approximately 400 smoke detectors since we began offering them in 2013.”
The devices are available to homeowners within the city of McMinnville. They are installed by department employees and made available through a grant from the state fire marshal’s office. Because the detectors come from grant money, restrictions say they cannot be installed in rental houses.
Morrison Volunteer Fire Department offers the same program. Both programs are ongoing. The smoke detectors utilize a lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan.
Smoke detectors are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. McMinnville Fire Department can be reached at 473-3435 or 473-6739, while Morrison residents may call Morrison City Hall at 635-2363.