Health Department Offers Free Smoke Alarms in High-Risk Counties
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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is offering free smoke alarms to the residents of Oktibbeha, Quitman and Stone Counties, which have some of the highest rates of fire-related deaths in the state.
“Smoke alarms are an important step in preventing fire-related deaths,” said Victor Sutton, Ph.D, Director of the Office of Preventive Health at MSDH. “Our goal is for each home and family in these counties to be safe from fire-related injuries. Providing these smoke alarms is a good start.”
In addition to installing smoke alarms, MSDH recommends that all residents take the following simple steps to keep family members and homes safe from fire:
- Develop a fire escape plan for your home that includes two ways out of every room.
- Make sure windows and doorways open easily. Plan and practice a home fire drill.
- Regularly inspect your home for fire hazards.
- Never leave children unattended near hot stoves or burning candles, even for a short time. Children should cook only under adult supervision. Teach children not to play with matches or lighters.
- Keep a safe distance from a fireplace, wood stove or other type of heater where clothes could easily catch fire; use fireplace screens and inspect and clean fireplaces each year.
- Turn off room heaters, lights, stereos, TVs and other electrical equipment when not in use.
- Adults who smoke in the home should use heavy safety ashtrays and discard ashes and butts in metal, sealed containers.
For more information, contact the MSDH Preventive Health office at 601-576-7781. Additional information and a grid for use in developing a fire escape plan for your home can be found on the MSDH website, www.HealthyMS.com/fire.
Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
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Last reviewed on Jan 6, 2011