BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Louisiana residents in need can receive free fire alarms installations from the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM) departments and districts—thanks to a federal safety grant totaling $168,750 from the Operation Save-A Life Program.

The grant provides the SFM with smoke alarms inventories of more than 15,000 units—for thousands of safety alarms to be placed in homes.

“We are thrilled that our Operation Save-A-Life program was considered worthy of the support of this sizeable grant,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “This opportunity to access so many of these live-saving devices comes just in time for consistent cold temperatures to settle in across our state.”

Carbon monoxide alarms are strongly advised in homes with the combination of smoke detectors is even better, according to SFM.

This year home fire fatality counts 59, which is above the number of lives that were lost in 2020.

SFM also recommends these safe-heating tips to families;

  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets and curtains
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home!

To receive a free smoke alarm or learn more about Operation Save-A Life, visit lasfm.org