According to the State Fire Marshall’s Office, since the beginning of 2010 there have been 13 fire-related deaths in Ohio, and in each case, investigators have reported that the home had no active, working smoke detectors. Interim State Fire Marshal Donald C. Cooper continues to encourage everyone to do their part and help spread the message of the need for smoke detectors.
“No single device has the potential to save more lives in Ohio’s homes than a smoke detector,” said Marshal Cooper. “In light of the recent tragedies throughout the state, I encourage everyone to check the smoke detectors in their home or apartment.” During the winter months, there is greater opportunity for fires in homes because of heating devices, cooking and, in general, the increased time spent indoors. If a fire does occur in your home, a working smoke detector can double your chances of escaping. Check out this quick tips sheet to ensure your smoke alarms are in working condition.