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Franklin Firefighters and Red Cross Volunteers Team Up to Provide Smoke Alarm Assistance

Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries This Weekend

Post Date:11/02/2018 3:15 PM

Lizzie Park "Change It!"Franklin, TN – Franklin Firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers will canvas Franklin’s Hill Estates neighborhood on Saturday, November 3rd, looking for homes in need of working smoke alarms.

Franklin Fire and Life Safety Educator Jamie Melton said they will replace outdated alarms with new ones.  She is encouraging all Franklin residents to make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work, as well. 

“The time change is a great reminder to change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Melton.  She added, “Replace your smoke alarms entirely if they’re more than 10 years old.”  According to Melton, carbon monoxide alarms need to be replaced every five to seven years, per manufacturer recommendations.

National Fire Protection Association research shows that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires in 2017.   These fires resulted in 3,400 civilian fire fatalities, and 72 percent of the fires occurred in home structures.  Working smoke alarms cut your risk of dying in a fire in half.

If you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or are physically unable to install a smoke alarm, contact the Franklin Fire Department at (615) 791-3270, or visit our website at www.franklintn.gov/fire.

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