One of the worst year when it comes to deaths due to fire was 2018, according to the office for North Carolina’s State Fire Marshal. A total of 133 people lost their lives.
Out of the 133 deaths, most of those people did not have a smoke alarm inside their home. Now firefighters are trying to reach adults either through Twitter with helpful safety information, or through various educational programs that you can go to in-person.
It’s a given that fires can quickly become dangerous. That doesn’t mean death has to be part of that equation.
“The state is trying to make sure every household has a working smoke detector,” said Earl Withers who is the Fire Chief for Dallas and works as the president of Gaston County Firefighters Association.
Withers believes the time is now for adults to take fire safety more seriously.
“I don’t think they do and it’s unfortunate,” said Withers.