At last check, there have been 23 fire deaths in 2020. In 16 of those fires, there were no
working smoke alarms in the home. If you cannot afford smoke alarms, call your local fire
department. They may be able to install alarms for free.
“This is also a good time to talk to your children and other family members in your home about what to do if there is a fire. Create an escape plan and make sure everyone knows where to meet outside of the home, in case of fire,” Chaney said.
The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following safety tips:
o Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
o A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
o Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.