Gallatin firefighters are proposing to install free smoke detectors in local residents’ homes.
This initiative is part of the department’s goal of installing more smoke detectors in 2022 than in the previous year through “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” program.
In 2021, firefighters installed 122 smoke detectors throughout Gallatin.
The “Get Alarmed” program aims to reduce the risk of death from a fire at home. Smoke detectors are purchased using funds from federal grants.
“As emergency responders, we usually respond when a fire or medical emergency is in progress,” said Marshal Gallatin, Fire Marshal Mark Hall. “This program gives us the opportunity to prevent injury and property damage. It’s a great use of our time and resources.”
Firefighters will install smoke detectors in their local homes for residents who cannot afford a smoke detector or need assistance in connecting properly. If you are interested, please contact the Fire Marshal Mark Hall (615-452-2771).
If you want to install your own smoke detector, the Gallatin Fire Department has the following tips:
- Use the test button to test the smoke alarm at least once a month.
- Non-replaceable (long-life batteries) smoke alarms are designed to last up to 10 years. If you hear an alarm warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke detector immediately.
- If you use the smoke detector with other types of batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. If the alarm sounds, replace only the battery.
- Replace all smoke detectors when you are 10 years old.
- If your home has smoke alarms that are wired to your home, the Gallatin Fire Department recommends that you continue to use that type of smoke alarm. These alarms let you know if a fire has been detected somewhere in your house and all the alarms in your house will be activated.
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