Fire-related deaths spiked in 2019

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- The number of fire-related deaths peaked this year. Now the fire marshal is urging everyone to stay safe and check their smoke detectors.

Butch Browning, the Louisiana State Fire Marshall says the number of fire-related deaths saw a spike in 2019.

“We’ve had 14 fatalities in the last three weeks in all of Louisiana,” Browning said. “Two of them were in the Baton Rouge area.”

The death of a 71-year old woman in the walker, who died after her son pulled her out of the flames-along with a few others-brought the fire-related death toll up to 75 people, which is a jump from last year.

Browning said most of the deaths were caused by electrical wire problems and people not taking the proper precautions like checking the smoke detector batteries.

“The warning signs of breakers tripping, lights flickering, any kind of thing of that nature should bring your attention to it and have it repaired,” Browning said.

The best way to stay safe is to keep up with the basics.

Make sure you check your smoke alarm, keep cooking areas clean, and keeping heated objects away from things that might be flammable.

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