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Ohio fire deaths at 27 year low

Ohio fire deaths at 27 year low

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- 2013 saw the lowest number of fire deaths in Ohio in 27 years. It's also the third straight year that fire deaths dropped.

"The numbers are getting better in Ohio, but we certainly have more work to do," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers.

103 people died in Ohio fires last year. That's down from 106 in 2011 and 155 in 2010.

Flowers credits the reduction in fire fatalities to fire safety education programs and training for firefighters. One program helps get smoke detectors into home and have them installed by firefighters.

"We've had several regions of Ohio where we've had massive installs," Flowers said.

Still, nine in ten fire fatalities came in places with no working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and alkaline batteries should be replaced twice a year. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years or according to the manufacturer’s specifications. It's also a good idea to get a carbon monoxide detector for your home.

Flowers says you should also have two escape routes and drill them with your family.

One major cause of house fires is alternative heating sources like space heaters. Flowers says they are often placed to close to items and materials that can catch on fire.

 

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