For Immediate Release: October 3, 2014

Insurance Commissioner Reminds Families that Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Honors 2014 Fire Prevention Week by declaring Oct. 8 Family Fire Drill Day for North Carolinians

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin launched 2014 Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, by declaring Oct. 8 Family Fire Drill Day and urging everyone to uphold this year's campaign theme, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month."

"Help keep your home and family safe from fire by installing and testing smoke alarms," said Goodwin. "So many lives can be saved by ensuring that home smoke alarms are installed in the proper locations and that they all work."

According data reported to the Office of State Fire Marshal, North Carolina had more than 9,000 home fires last year; investigators later determined that there were no working smoke alarms in many of those homes.

Follow these smoke alarm safety tips:

On Oct. 4, N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal personnel will be partnering with volunteers from the American Red Cross, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, North Carolina Baptist Men, Sampson County Fire Marshal's Office, Sampson County Fireman's Association, Kidde United Technologies, Nationwide Insurance Company and volunteers from more than 20 local fire departments to provide at-risk homes in Sampson County with smoke alarms and fire prevention education.

Families can attend the Office of State Fire Marshal's "Family Fire Safety Shows" each day of the North Carolina State Fair (Oct. 16-26) where they will see fun, educational shows performed by fire department personnel from around the state.

In addition, the public can help celebrate Fire Prevention Week by attending events in their local communities. Many local fire departments will be holding open houses, giving firehouse tours and visiting classrooms. Visit your fire department's website or go to for a list of events near you.