Officials Share Ideas to Fight Rise in Fire Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Fire officials from across the state have begun discussing ways Kentuckians can stop the rising number of accidental fire deaths, which have claimed 30 people so far this year.

Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope helmed the first brainstorming session on Tuesday, focusing on the fact that most of the deaths have occurred in rural areas. Much of the two-hour discussion hinged on the question of how to get more working smoke detectors in homes in areas that lack fire personnel who can visit each home. Most rural areas depend on volunteer firefighters.

Ideas ranged from enlisting schools and social service agencies to help as well as the companies and organizations that retrofit houses to be more energy efficient. The meeting also included representatives from Kentucky's schools, cities and counties.

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