New Program Established to Prevent Fire Deaths in Ohio

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In Ohio, 121 people died in fires last year.

Seven of those deaths were in Jefferson County.

The state fire marshal was in Steubenville on Thursday talking about their safe and sound public awareness campaign.

One program that helps is the Home Energy Assistance Winter Program.

It’s available for lower income families who have trouble paying their utility bills and turn to other dangerous sources of heat, such as the stove,  or fuel space heaters, which cause a lot of fires in the winter time.

“The HEAP program will help them use their normal heating sources rather than alternative heating,” Ohio State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said. “If people choose to use alternative heating source, the can be use safely, but the important thing is is make sure they’re being used according to manufacturers instructions.”

Another interesting statistic from Thursday’s meeting, 44% of people who die in fires are over the age of 60, that’s why the state department of aging plays a big role in fire safety as well. 

The fire marshal wants to emphasize the biggest way to prevent fires, is to have working fire detectors in your house.

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