POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:49pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — In an effort to save more lives, State Fire Marshall Butch Browning is reminding people that fire alarms are the best protection.
Browning tells us that close to 70 people in the state die every year in fires. Most of the time those deaths could have been prevented by working smoke alarms. He says there's no reason every home shouldn't have a smoke detector now that "Operation Save a Life" has kicked in.
"People who can't afford smoke alarms can apply online electronically to us,” he said. “We'll get that information and we'll come out in partnership with our local fire departments and install these smoke alarms in people's homes."
Browning says the smoke alarm can give a person that extra 60 seconds they need before getting disoriented or lose consciousness.