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State officials to hand over free smoke detectors to Columbus

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Fire safety for Columbus residents is top of mind for Georgia officials this week.  The States Fire Marshal's Office and Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner, John Oxendine, will be in town issuing free smoke detectors to the Columbus Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.   

The smoke detectors are part of Operation Safe Home Project, which provides free smoke detectors to local residents who don't have one.

You can prevent tragedies simply by testing and maintaining your smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan. All smoke alarms in your house should be tested once a month, and their batteries replaced annually.

Every family should develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends these measures because working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan will increase your protection in case of a fire.

According to statistics, every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. Most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. Most deaths and injuries occur in fires that happen at night while the victims are asleep.

To set up an  appointment to have your free smoke detector installed at no charge, contact The Columbus Fire Department @ 706-653-3520.

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