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Smoke Alarms: Change your Clock, Change your Battery/9 volt battery safety

Overview: The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants all Tennesseans to have working smoke alarms in their homes. Through the “Get Alarmed” program, the TSFMO aims to supply local fire departments with 10-year battery smoke alarms to install for members of their community. See supplemental information section for more details.

Since many residents have smoke alarms with a 9-volt backup battery, the “change your clock, change your battery” campaign is a tradition revolving around the spring daylight savings time change. The message: when you change your clocks one hour ahead in the spring (this year on March 11th) also change the 9-volt batteries in your smoke alarm. Note: there are some dangers inherent in 9-volt batteries themselves. See supplemental information section for more details on this. 

The following resources are available

“Fire Safety Video for Kids with SteveSongs & Sparky The Fire Dog”

“Home Smoke Alarm Basics” YouTube Video 

“Safety Tips: Smoke Alarm” YouTube Video
TSFMO Commercial (Smoke Alarms)
“Kix Brooks/Life Savers Ad” 

TSFMO “Get Alarmed TN!” Program

NFPA/TSFMO Messaging:
1.2.1 Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms to provide a minimum level of protection.
Testing and Maintenance
1.3.1 Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
Battery Replacement 1.5.2 For smoke alarms that don’t have nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Smoke Alarm Replacement
1.6.1 Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Contact Us

Fire Code Enforcement
120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Fax 865.453.5518

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Marshal JC Green
Office 865.868.1709