Home Fire Safety Inspections
Each year, the majority of all U.S. fire deaths occur in one-and two-family
dwellings (Fire Protection Handbook, 17th edition). In Tullahoma all
dwellings, new and existing, must be protected by approved properly installed
residential-type smoke detectors. The Tullahoma Fire Department offers free home
fire safety inspections to assist homeowners and tenants. The home visit includes
understanding the nature of fire behavior, how to prevent unwanted fires, emergency
egress of the building, and conducting exit drills in the home. To arrange for a
home fire safety inspection please contact the Deputy Fire Marshall at 931-607-5164.
When Do I Need to Replace My Smoke Detector?
The Tullahoma Fire Department wants to remind our citizens that smoke alarms require periodic replacement. The service life of Ionization style detectors is ten years from the manufacture date of the unit.
“Many of us have a false sense of security with our smoke detectors because we change the battery and test it twice a year,” said Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen. “To be safe, change your smoke detectors every ten years.”
The expiration date is on the detector. Look for it on the body under the cover or on its back. It may require removal of the unit to find it.
Do not trust that the test sound is a sign that the unit will function during a fire if the unit is beyond its service life. “This can be a fatal mistake,” warns Chief Shasteen.
The Tullahoma Fire Department asks you to check your unit and share this information with family members and friends. You may be saving a life!