Firefighters go door to door to inspect homes

Firefighters go door to door to inspect homes in Sevierville. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Firefighters in Sevierville are going door to door to to check homes for fire hazards.

Monday, firefighters stopped at the home of Angel Jones. She's familiar with fires after her home burned in 2010. She's since rebuilt and installed smoke detectors that are connected throughout the house.
"They're all intertwined so if the one in the basement goes off I don't have to worry about which side of the house I"m on and it's really good especially having a big house," said Jones. "Everyone should stay up to date on it, make sure that it's safe."

Sevierville's fire prevention officer, Tommy White, says people should stop and think about common sense things they can do around their home.
"Toasters, we turn them on and leave them," said White. "You can have flames 6-7 feet coming out of a toaster, and where do we put toasters? Underneath the cabinets. So it's those little things we don't think about."

He says while replacing batteries in your smoke detector is a good idea, he does want people to replace their smoke detectors completely every 10 years.
"Smoke detectors are designed for 10 years of use and then you're suppose to replace them," said White.

There are other ways to keep your home safe, that's why Sevierville Fire Department will come to homes in the city for free if you call them.

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