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Madison Co. Fire Dept. Giving Away Smoke Detectors

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- The Madison Country Fire Department has received 99 free smoke alarms for installation in single family homes.

The alarms were provided to the fire department by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office in a statewide effort to reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths.

Fire Chief Eric Turner told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that more than 3,000 people die in home fires each year in the United States, most of whom are in homes without a working smoke alarm.

Chief Turner said his department will properly install the alarms free of charge to the first 99 homes outside of the Jackson city limits, inside of Madison County.

Chief Turner said if a smoke alarm is properly installed, it could cut a person’s risk of dying in a fire in half.

"I can't count the times I've been to someone's house and they said the only reason they got out of the house was because their smoke detector woke them up and got them out," said Chief Turner. "This is a chance to help yourself and help others. If you know somebody that doesn't have a working smoke detector, encourage them to call our department."

Turner said the initial 99 alarms will be installed by department personnel on a first come, first serve basis.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fire prevention grant to purchase 20,000 smoke alarms for installations across the state of Tennessee.

The fire department is trying to reach homes with at-risk citizens first, homes with children and elderly. To arrange for an installation, call 731-424-5577 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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