Get Alarmed Program Launched to Address Rise in Fatal House Fires

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.

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State Fire Marshal Issues Safety Reminders, As Cold Weather Continues


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.

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