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"Operation save a life" comes to Ruston

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - "In Louisiana, about 95% of fire deaths we have occur in homes with no working smoke alarms." Said State Fire Marshall Butch Browning.

You may recall one tragic example when a house fire killed two young West Monroe children in January. That home had no working smoke detectors. In 2012, 69 people died in house fires in Louisiana and only of those 4 homes had smoke detectors.

Recently, in Ruston, fires are on the rise, and that has Police Juror Nancy Williams concerned. She says her district is more vulnerable to fires than others. 

"Water Tank Road is a higher risk area where there's a lot of fires because they're older structured homes and also older mobile homes." Said Williams.

Williams says it's time to act and the answer is "Operation Save a Life." A partnership between the Louisiana State Fire Marshall and the Ruston Fire Department. The State Fire Marshall has provided about 8,000 dollars worth of smoke alarms to Ruston. Starting March 1st, fire fighters will begin going door to door to ask people if they need one and they will even install it.

Although Ruston is the first city in North Louisiana to take action through "Operation Save a Life," Williams says it's not only about Ruston.

"It's all about saving lives and prevention, and prevention is education." Said Williams.

That's a message Ruston Fire Chief Austin and State Fire Marshall Browning agree with and want other communities in North Louisiana to hear.

If you need a smoke detector in your home, click here: http://lasfm.org/fi-fd_save-a-life.htm

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