Free smoke alarms are available to homes within the community at high risk of fire.

The alarm giveaway is thanks to a donation from the Tennessee Fire Marshal's Office to the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.

Alliance personnel attended an information session and training course on the new alarms, which utilize a battery with a 10-year lifespan, according to a recent news release.

"We want residents to make sure they have functional smoke alarms in their homes, as well as a rehearsed fire-escape plan," said Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.

The alliance must install the free alarms. First preference may be given to those who are not able to otherwise afford smoke alarms, according to the release.

"We are excited to be able to partner with the state Fire Marshal's Office in providing these smoke alarms for the citizens here in Greene County," said Executive Director Alan Bohms. "Fire can spread through a home in a matter of minutes and smoke alarms can give residents the warning needed to get out safely."

To request an installation, call 393-3370. A name, address and phone number are required. The VFA or a fire department representative will schedule a time for the installation.

For further information on fire safety, visit tn.gov/fire/getalarmed.shtml.

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