McMinnville Fire Department will be offering free smoke detectors beginning today. The devices will be available to city residents and installed by department employees.
“This new program is our way of being proactive in the community in an effort to save lives,” said McMinnville Fire Department interim chief Bryan Denton. “Smoke detectors have been proven to do just that.”
The department is partnering with state fire marshal Julie Mix McPeak.
“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,” said McPeak.
The office is initially providing 100 smoke detectors to McMinnville Fire Department as part of a statewide, months-long distribution of smoke alarms in an effort to both educate and equip Tennesseans to incorporate fire safety into their daily lives.
“We are excited to be able to partner with the state fire marshal’s office in providing these smoke alarms for the citizens here in McMinnville,” said Denton. “Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely.”
The program will be ongoing, as the office has promised to provide more smoke detectors once the first 100 have been installed. Smoke detectors are limited to three per household.
FEMA grant funds were used to purchase the smoke detectors, which utilize a lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan. Homeowners must still test the devices regularly.
Department personnel, who will be installing the devices in the homes, attended an information session and training course on the new alarms. A waiver must be signed prior to installation.
The smoke detectors will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Friday, March 1. Requests are now being accepted by calling the department at 473-3435 or 473-6739 and providing name, address and phone number.