Officials Stress the Importance of Smoke Alarms After Fatal Fire

By Morgan Moore

Published 02/24 2014 03:39PM

Updated 02/24 2014 08:44PM

Fire investigators are still searching for the cause of a blaze that claimed the lives of a family of six in Indianapolis.
Officials say there were no working smoke detectors in the home at the time of the weekend fire.

Firefighters put out the flames in just five minutes of arriving on scene, but because the family was not alerted to the blaze, it was already too late.

"It's the difference between life and death, it's that simple," said Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher.

Since they were introduced in the late 1970s, smoke alarms have cut the number of fire related deaths by 50 percent, and officials say there's no reason that number shouldn't be even lower.

"It's a good insurance policy. The more the better, if you have small children but one outside each of their rooms. It's just a good good insurance policy," said Mark Meyers of Menards.

From the basic to the dual carbon-monoxide detectors, these alarms serve one purpose - and that's to keep your family safe.

"Some of them come with lights so if you have a hallway, the light can come on so you can see," said Meyers.
There's even voice activated ones that actually tell you when something is wrong.

"The ones with the lights and the voice are good around children's rooms because they may not wake up with the alarm," said Meyers.

And if you cant afford the most elaborate detector, you can still protect those you love.
The Terre Haute Fire Department's Protect the Precious initiative provides free alarms to anyone in need.

"We want a working smoke alarm in every house in Terre Haute, and if you can't afford one go to the firehouse we have them, they're free of charge," said Fisher.

Meyers added: "At least get some of those, if you can't afford the more elaborate want to get a couple of the inexpensive one because they still work, and they still save lives."

And remember, always change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clock.
Daylight Saving Time is on Sunday, March 9.

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