Russellville fire officials urge residents to check smoke detectors as winter sets in

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Fire Department has urged residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes for years. In fact, they’ll come by and install them.

Just a few weeks ago, a man was saved by a smoke detector in his apartment in Russellville.

Days before fire fighters responded to the apartment fire at Holiday Plaza, Fire Marshal Justin Green had gone by to check smoke detectors in the units.

With winter upon us, he wanted to make sure each resident had a chance if a fire did break-out.

“We had a guy fall asleep cooking, on his couch, smoke detector woke him up,” stated Green. “He actually got out of the residence, and if he wouldn’t have had a smoke detector he probably wouldn’t be here right now.”

This is why the fire department pushes this very important project.

Green recommends at least one working smoke detector on each floor of the home, preferably near the bedrooms.

He said the fire department has partnered with the American Red Cross to make sure everyone who needs a smoke detector has one.

“We’ll come out, install it, and show you the best place for it,” Green explained. “If you want to talk about a fire safety plan for evacuation or anything like that, we can give you some safety tips. We’ll look around your house and give you some ideas.”

And if you already have a working smoke detector, test them once a month and change the battery each time you adjust your clock.

Green also said to throw out any smoke detector once it becomes ten years old. By then it’s reached its life expectancy.

For more information on having a smoke detector installed in your home by the Russellville Fire Department call (256)332-8765 or email them a request at firemarshalrfd@gmail.com/