Fire Prevention Campaign

by Brittany Harris on February 22, 2011 at 6:45 am

It’s only February and already 25 lives have been taken by fatal fires here in Ohio.

Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Rich Palmer of the State Fire Marshals Office spoke at the Zanesville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their campaign for the use of smoke alarms in homes.

"Right now we’re looking at campaigns around the state to reduce fatalities because we are seeing so many homes that have fires that don’t have working smoke alarms," said Palmer.

He said in 2011, everyone should have a smoke alarm. Fire departments are even able to call the state fire marshals office to arrange for the delivery of them.

"We’re really targeting those low income families who may not have the option to get into a store to pick one up, they don’t have it as part of their budget, so we’re trying to help that out as well," said the assistant chief.

Reports show that each year nearly 3,000 people die in the U.S. from house fires. He said the important key to remember if your alarm goes off, is to get low, get out, and call fast.