Fire departments offer free smoke alarms

Smoke alarm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – This winter has turned into a busy fire season, and now the Nashville Fire Department is encouraging residents to get a working smoke alarm.

Like many fire departments, NFD will give a free smoke alarm to those who need one.

Chief Mike Franklin, deputy director of the Nashville Fire Department, said anyone who stops by the department’s headquarters at 63 Hermitage Ave. can get a free alarm.

Franklin said every family should have at least one.

“You need one outside each bedroom. If you’ve got a downstairs, put one at the top of the stairs, one downstairs, too,” Chief Franklin explained. “They’re really inexpensive. And they alert you, get you up in the middle of the night. That smoke is dangerous. Because that fire will start, you won’t hear it and there won’t be any noise. The smoke will creep in there and next thing you know you’re unconscious. That’s what happens a lot of times.”

Many local fire departments also offer free smoke alarms.

If yours doesn’t, you can request one from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance by clicking here.