For Immediate Release: October 1, 2010

Focus on Smoke Alarms for Fire Prevention Week 2010

Raleigh -- "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" is the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin urges all North Carolinians to make sure their homes are properly protected by smoke alarms.

"Unfortunately some people don't realize the importance of smoke alarms until it's too late. Fire and smoke spread very quickly, and the sooner you are alerted to a fire, the better your chances of escaping safely," Commissioner Goodwin said. "Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths per year occur in homes with no smoke alarms at all or no working smoke alarms."

To protect your home, follow these smoke alarm safety tips:

Commissioner Goodwin also encourages all families to participate in North Carolina's Family Fire Drill Day on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

"In a fire, you might only have a few minutes to get out," Commissioner Goodwin said. "Gathering your family to practice your home fire escape plan could potentially save the life of someone you love."

To participate in Family Fire Drill Day: