With National Fire Prevention Week being observed this month, the Corinth Fire Department has more than 100 new smoke alarms for installation in homes that lack the safety devices. It is a free program for homes in the city; businesses and apartments are not eligible.
“The risk of dying in a reported home fire is cut in half when the structure is equipped with working and properly installed smoke alarms,” said Corinth FD Training Officer Jerry Whirley.
While installing smoke alarms, the department will also assist residents in completing a home fire safety survey and creating a plan that minimizes common hazards.
Whirley encourages residents to test alarms monthly and replace the batteries once a year.
The fire prevention week campaign also focuses on raising awareness of the need to replace older smoke alarms. The devices should be replaced after 10 years, and the date of manufacture can be found on the back of the alarm.
Residents are encouraged to think about escape plans and make sure that access to doors and windows is not blocked. It is recommended to look for two ways out of every room in a home.
The smoke alarm distribution is in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
(Interested residents may contact Corinth FD at 286-2213. The department needs a name, address and phone number for each request.)