Anyone needing a free smoke alarm installed in their homes need only go to the Food Lion parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, according to the Tullahoma Fire Department.

TFD officials announced the department will hold its “Get Alarmed” free smoke alarm installations in the grocery store parking lot during the weekend.

Any Tullahoma resident who needs a new smoke alarm installed in their home need only stop by and request one.

Appointments can also be made for those wanting the convenience of the fire department coming to their home, according to TFD officials.

Tullahoma firefighters will be available during that time to give advice on any fire safety questions, including emergency escape plans and other questions if needed.

TFD receives the free smoke alarms from the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office for the purpose of distributing to Tullahoma residents each year, according to TFD officials.

The “Get Alarmed” program is one of many fire prevention programs the department holds every year in order to spread fire safety and prevention awareness to the community. The goal of those programs, and the fire department itself, is to help increase awareness and remind citizens that working smoke alarms can save lives.

Last year more than 3,400 people in the country died in a residential fire. Two-thirds of those who died were living in a home that did not have working smoke alarms throughout the residence.

TFD also wants to remind all citizens to be sure to check that their smoke alarms are in proper working condition.

For questions about fire prevention and community education, contact TFD Administrative Assistant MeLissa Allen at mallen@tullahomatn.gov or call the fire department at 931-455-0936.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.