Fire Commission Urges Fire Safety in Wake of Fatal Kentucky House Fires

Versailles, KY (March 19, 2013) – The Kentucky Fire Commission encourages Kentuckians to practice fire safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms. Since January 2013, there have been 22 fire fatalities across the state.

“It’s simple – smoke detectors save lives,” said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day. “These devices provide residents time to escape potential fatal situations before they become trapped by flames or overcome by smoke.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, when smoke detectors are present, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent. The U.S Fire Administration ranks Kentucky ninth in the United States for fire deaths.

The Kentucky Fire Commission offers the following tips on smoke alarms:

  • Place smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
  • Interconnect smoke alarms – if one sounds, they all sound.
  • Inspect and test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. A good reminder is to change batteries when you change your clocks.
  • Install smoke alarms away from air vents.
  • For more information about smoke detectors, please contact your local fire department.