November 8, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam, Fire
Chief Carlos Perez and other area Chiefs and firefighters gathered
Wednesday to encourage residents to install smoke alarms or, if they
already have alarms, to test the batteries to ensure the alarms are
in good working order.
Knoxville Fire Department, as well as most other Departments in
the area, provides free smoke alarms and replacement batteries to
those who cannot afford to purchase their own.
When a resident needs a smoke alarm, the KFD Engine company that
is the First Responder for that address makes an appointment with
the citizen to install and test the alarm. Once a year, residents
can also schedule an appointment to have the battery replaced.
"Typically the number of house fires increase with the onset
of cold weather, and it's a proven fact that smoke alarms save lives,"
Mayor Haslam said. "If you need a smoke detector or battery,
we will provide them for you."
Representatives from Knoxville, Rural/Metro, Alcoa, Maryville,
Oak Ridge, and Karns were also at the news conference Wednesday
at West Haven Elementary School to encourage citizens to take advantage
of this program.