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Correction: Free Smoke Alarms story

May 20, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story May 18 about free smoke alarms, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mississippi has seen a 41% increase in fire deaths so far this year compared to the same period last year. The state saw a 41% decrease.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Mississippi giving away alarms to try to reduce fire deaths

The Mississippi Fire Marshal’s office is giving away more than 23,500 free smoke alarms to try to reduce fire deaths

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Fire Marshal’s office is giving away smoke alarms to try to reduce fire deaths.

Mike Chaney is the state insurance commissioner and fire marshal. He says having a smoke alarm can cut the risk of fire death in half.

Twenty-five people have died in fires in Mississippi so far this year. That is a 41% decrease over the same period last year. Chaney says that in at least 16 of the deaths this year, there were no functioning fire alarms.

His office last week started distributing more than 23,500 smoke alarms to city and county fire departments. The fire marshal’s office will train people how to install the alarms, if needed.

The alarms were purchased with federal grants.

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