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State Fire Marshal says fire deaths remain low for 2019

Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 11:25:01-04

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office says that they’ve noticed a decrease in the number of fire deaths across the state so far in 2019.

Chief H. “Butch” Browning says that 16 fatal fires have been recorded this year with 17 total deaths.  By this time last year, the department says deputies had investigated 30 fire-related deaths. In 2017 that number was at 20 reported deaths.

The chief says the statistics 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

The Fire Marshal reminds 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.