Fatal house fires are reportedly on the rise. Last year, the state Fire Marshal Tracked 93 fatalities from home fires compared to 72 in the previous year. Nationally, two-thirds of all fatal house fires occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
In order to address those startling statistics, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has launched the Get Alarmed program, with a goal to install 10,000 smoke alarms in homes in the next two years.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. It’s also a good time to test your smoke alarms and change their batteries, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
As cold weather continues, Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is once again reminding Hoosiers to be careful with alternative heating sources. He notes that house fires occur more often in winter, and much of that is due to alternative heating. If you need to use a space heater, keep it at least three feet away from other objects, especially anything that’s flammable.
As colder weather approaches, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security reminds residents to stay safe while keeping their homes warm. State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says alternative heating sources, like space heaters and other devices are a big cause of home fires and fire-related deaths.