Fire Deaths Down in MississippiBy Paul Boger | Published 15 Oct 2013 09:15am |
Mississippians are more likely to die in a fire than the rest of the Country. That's according to the U.S. Fire Administration. However, that number is on the decline.
62 people died in fires last year in Mississippi; that number is nearly half of what it was in 2009.
The decline can be attributed to state programs like Smoke Alarms Mississippi -- or SAM -- that distributes smoke detectors to Mississippians who need them.
Mike Chaney is the state fire marshal, and said through education and programs like SAM, more fire deaths can be avoided.
"We have given away over 50,000 fire alarms in the state." said Chaney. "We've given them away through the volunteer fire departments, through the education programs that we have that we work with year-round. We have a full-time educational staff that goes into schools, and what we have found is that fire deaths don't know anything about whether you're rich or poor. They don't know anything about demographics. What they do know is that they will cause a death to someone where a fire starts, and you just got to be aware of what causes fires."
So far this year, 38 people have died in fires in Mississippi. That puts the state on-track to to have the lowest number of fire deaths on record.
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