CFD encourages residents to check smoke detectors

Call to action results from morning house fire where family was saved by alarm

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Fire Department was called at 5:47 a.m. Wednesday morning and rushed to the 2000 block of Hickory Valley Road in response to a local house fire.

Fortunately, no one in the family was harmed.

Flames engulfed the home’s interior, as well as underneath the structure.

Fortunately, the family inside escaped with their lives, avoiding death and injury.

Fire officials on the scene credited the family’s safety to their smoke alarms and stressed their importance to the Chattanooga community.

“If the smoke alarm is working properly and in the proper location, most of the time if not all of the time, the residents are alert and get out safely unharmed,” said CFD Firefighter Allen Green. “They may have a little smoke inhalation, but they live versus ones that don’t have smoke detectors, smoke alarms, they may not make it out.”

Chattanooga Fire Marshal William Matlock stressed the importance behind checking to see if one’s smoke detectors are working properly, further saying that they’re a family’s “first line of defense” and that “they will save your life.”

Some may feel it’s a financial burden to ensure their home is protected with active alarms, but CFD Public Information Officer Lindsey Rogers said one can’t put a price on life.

“If you can spend just a few dollars to have something like that working in your home to alert you and give you those crucial seconds that you need to get yourself and your family to safety, why would you not want to have working smoke alarms in your home?” Rogers asked.

Green has served with the CFD for nine years and said he’s seen the difference that having a working smoke alarm provides first-hand.

His message to the city: this issue is serious and waiting to do something about it too late can be fatal.

“Don’t wait until you have to experience the one thing you thought would never happen before you do the one thing you can do now so it never happens,” Green said.

Rogers further said that if any resident needs assistance with installing smoke detectors in their homes, or has questions about how to properly do so, call the Chattanooga Fire Department.

They are ready to help anyone who needs it.

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