Warner Robins Fire Dept. begins fire preparedness campaign

The Warner Robins Fire Department wants all residents to have smoke detectors / Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Warner Robins firefighters held a town hall meeting to encourage residents to get smoke detectors in their homes.

Chief Moulton with the Warner Robins Fire Department said there were 157 fire deaths in Georgia last year. He said in 94 percent of those deaths, the person did not have a smoke detector in the home.

There have already been 37 fire-related deaths in Georgia this year.

"A smoke detector is the first line of defense for you and your family to get out safely if you have a fire," Moulton said. "You can't smell smoke when you're asleep. Most fire deaths happen when you're asleep and they never recognize that that smoke is there without the detector."

He added that the fire department and the Red Cross will be partnering for a campaign to increase fire preparedness. They'll go door to door handing out free smoke detectors for those who need them.

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