Thomasville Fire Rescue offers free smoke detectors


Commissioner Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. Of those fires, 89 of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

∫ Smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery: Test the alarm each month.

And they should be checked at least twice a year, with the beginning and ending of daylight saving acting as a good reminder of the task.

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A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Replace the backup battery every year.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin said Daylight saving time allows us to have longer evenings of light. The group says that any alarms or detectors that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else. Replace the entire alarm if it's 10 years old or older or if it fails to sound when tested. Share and practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.

Residents in Danbury can schedule a visit by visiting or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation. Our divisions include the State Fire Marshal's Office, Insurance, Securities, Consumer Affairs, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Regulatory Boards, Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, Tennessee Corrections Institute, and TennCare Oversight.