State Fire Marshal Encourages Increased Fire Safety Awareness as Statewide Fatal Fire Count Remains Elevated

State Fire Marshal Encourages Increased Fire Safety Awareness as Statewide Fatal Fire Count Remains Elevated

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) is calling on all Louisiana citizens to increase fire safety awareness and fire escape planning in and around their homes as the number of fire deaths across the state remain higher than in previous years.

“At the start of the year, we were seeing a concerning trend with fire fatalities, though just one loss of life is always one too many,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “After a call to action to the public, those tragedies, thankfully, became less frequent. But now that we’ve hit the midway point of the year, I want to renew that call to action in hopes of preventing a continued elevated count of fire deaths in the latter part of the year.”

So far in 2021, 38 lives have been lost to fire compared to 34 at this time last year. The causes of this year’s fatal fires have been across the board from unattended cooking and unsafe smoking practices to various electrical issues stemming from improper electrical wiring. Though the number of fire deaths is up slightly, the number of requests to the SFM to conduct fire investigations is down, as is the number of fires determined to be intentionally set

 

 

 

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