State Fire Marshal: 2019 fire-related deaths remain low

BATON ROUGE, La.- State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning said there has been a notable decrease in fire fatalities across the state so far this year.

Since January 1, the state department has recorded 16 fatal fires resulting in a total of 17 deaths.

By this same time last year, SFM deputies had investigated 30 fire-related deaths, investigator said.

In 2017, 20 had been reported by this date. “Even one loss of life is one too many,” State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said. “But these statistics, so far this year, are very encouraging.”

The SFM would like to remind all residents of these electrical safety tips:

  • • Only use extension cords on a temporary basis and refrain from connecting multiple cords
  • Always plug high-wattage appliances and power strips directly into wall sockets 
  • Be mindful not to overload power strips
  • Contact a licensed electrician to conduct any and all electrical work needed in your homes and businesses

"And as winter comes to a close, we want to remind residents of basic heating safety tips including keeping space heaters 3-5 feet away from combustibles, refraining from using stoves or ovens for heating and using no more than three logs in wood-burning fireplaces," Browning said.

"As always, we urge all residents to have working smoke alarms in their homes. Visit lasfm.org for more information on our smoke alarm program, Operation Save-A-Life."

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