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Fatal fires are on the rise in Indiana

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Fifty-three lives have been lost this year due to homes having either non-working smoke alarms, or no smoke alarms at all, in the state of Indiana.  That according to Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.  Marshal Greeson came to the South Bend Fire Department to tell people the importance of having a working smoke detector in their house.

South Bend Fire Marshal Federico Rodriguez, wants people to know that everyone has options to get a smoke detector, even if they can not afford one.  "Here in the city of South Bend we have what we call a good neighborhood smoke alarm program," Rodriguez said. "Anyone who cannot afford, or has a hard time, getting a smoke alarm, call us.  We go out to the residence and do the installation." 

Here is a list of what some experts recommend regarding smoke alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside of every sleeping area and on each level of the home.  Make sure that everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.
  • Smoke alarms need to be maintained according to the manufacture's instructions.
  • Test the alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.  If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery immediately.
  • The smoke alarms themselves should be replaced every 10 years.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home...when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your children.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, exit the home at once and meet at a set location.
  • Call 911
  • Once outside, stay outside.  Do NOT return for anything.

For more fire safety information, visit www.getprepared.in.gov

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