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The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to take the time to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting clocks forward one hour this Sunday night, March 12, 2017.
“As Daylight Saving Time begins, we encourage citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms if necessary and check the age of these important devices,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely as it may not function properly in the event of an emergency.”
Smoke alarms more than 10 years old no longer offer a reliable level of safety and are often the source for nuisance alarms. The SFMO urges all residents to determine how old their smoke alarms are (the date of manufacture is located on the back of the alarm). If they’re 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately. This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.
State fire data indicates that 70 percent of Tennessee residential structure fires in 2016 occurred in homes where no smoke alarm was known to have been present. In addition, 46 percent of smoke alarm failures during that period were due to missing or dead batteries in the device.
Both state and national data reflect that many fatal fires occur at night while the victims are sleeping. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.
For more information on making your home fire-safe, download and print the State Fire Marshal’s home fire safety checklist. Tennessee residents can request a free smoke alarm by visiting www.tn.gov/fire.
A Crossville woman was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida after she went on a drunken rampage and allegedly tried to run over her husband during Bike Week and seriously injured two other people on a motorcycle. WFTV has identified 49-year-old Tina Byrd as the person behind the wheel of a pickup truck that was seen driving recklessly along Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach around 7:30 p.m. Friday. According to The Daytona Beach News – Journal, Byrd told police that just prior to the crash she had four double shots of Fireball within the past two hours and then "tried to run over her husband and kill him with the truck" after he had struck her. Byrd ended up crashing her truck into a motorcycle carrying two riders who were both ejected. They suffered severe upper body and head injuries. Police say the motorcycle was completely in pieces but fortunately both riders are expected to survive. Byrd faces a host of charges including two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury and one count of aggravated battery. She was reportedly booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail Saturday on $66,500 bond.
(Photo Courtesy The Daytona Beach News-Journal)
Early Saturday morning, emergency personnel responded to a house fire on Highway 70 East in Cumberland County, near the 4000th block in Crab Orchard. According to reports, a female was trapped in her room. The crews were on scene for over six hours. There were reportedly nearly 50 firefighters and 8 trucks on scene, with one firefighter treated for smoke inhalation. Three others fell through the floor, but did no sustain injuries. One fatality, a seven year old girl, was reported from the fire. The home was not able to be salvaged, and the source of the fire has not yet been confirmed.
The TSSAA Girls' State Basketball Championship Games were played Saturday in Murfreesboro.
Class AAA the Riverdale Lady Warriors completed an undefeated season and claimed their second straight state title with a 66-59 win over Memphis Central.
Upperman outlasted Pearl Cohn in double overtime to win the Class AA Championship 66-62.
In the final game of the day Clarkrange fell to South Greene 66-57 as the Lady Rebels claimed their second straight Class A Title.
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday (March 12) at 2am. It’s time to Spring Forward. Set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.