MFD provides free smoke detectors to any Memphian - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MFD provides free smoke detectors to any Memphian

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Firefighters installing a smoke detector in a neighbor's home after Monday's fatal house fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Firefighters installing a smoke detector in a neighbor's home after Monday's fatal house fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Every house in Memphis should have a working smoke detector.

That's the message coming from Memphis Fire Department following a house fire that killed nine people Monday morning.

MFD said the home where Monday's tragedy took place did have a smoke detector, but it was burned so badly, firefighters couldn't tell if it was in working condition.

Anyone living in Memphis can get a smoke detector for free. All you have to do is ask MFD.

No matter your income, as long as you live in Memphis, MFD will give you either a basic model or a 10-year smoke detector free of charge.

Corporate donations, the Tennessee Fire Marshal's Office, and a portion of the MFD budget helps cover the cost of supplying anyone in the city with a free smoke detector.

Plus, Memphis firefighters will install them (by request) at no additional cost.

MFD said it's standard protocol for firefighters to go door-to-door with free smoke detectors after a fire fatality.

Reola Fason lives a block away from the fatal fire that happened Monday morning. She's getting a replacement detector from firefighters who came knocking on her door Monday.

"Oh, satisfaction--peace of mind," Fason said.

Memphis citizens should call Memphis Fire Museum at 901-320-5650 to request a free smoke detector.

Anyone living outside Memphis should contact their local fire department--most of them have similar programs set up to keep citizens safe.

To learn what type of smoke detector is best for your home, click here.

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