Fire Prevention Week: Is your home safe?

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 and fire personnel around the state are spreading the word about the importance of having a working smoke detector in your home.

"You do a fire drill at school," said Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine. "Kids don't die in a school fire, they die in home fires."

Georgia law now requires a smoke alarm in every home.

"If you have a landlord and the landlord doesn't put a smoke detector in your living quarters, he is breaking the law," said Oxendine.

Working smoke alarms should be installed on every level, inside and outside of each sleeping area and the batteries should be replaced twice a year.

"Late at night when you're asleep is when you're most vulnerable," said Oxendine.

He said most fatal fires start between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

For more information on fire prevention, contact your local fire department or call Commissioner Oxendine's Fire Safety Education Division at 404.657.0831.

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