INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Fire Marshal encourages Hoosiers to take fire safety seriously by creating a household evacuation plan and resolving potential fire hazards as part of Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.

This year’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere,” reminds Hoosiers that following a few simple steps can reduce the chances of a fire and help everyone evacuate safely.

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says “In most situations, it doesn’t take long to make safety changes in the home, but those quick fixes can have a lasting impact.”

Indiana has already recorded 67 fire-related deaths to date. In 2017, 70 fire-related deaths occurred.

“Smoke alarms are a vital component for fire safety,” Greeson said. “Households with properly placed, working and maintained smoke alarms are 50 percent more likely to escape a fire safely.”

Alarms should be replaced every eight to 10 years. Over time their sensors become less sensitive.

Smoke alarms should be tested every month to make sure they are still working.

For more information on fire prevention and safety, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.