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Smoke detectors help save lives

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Of the 69 people who died in house fires in Louisiana last year, only four perished in structures that had working smoke detectors.

While the loss of those four lives is tragic, what may be equally devastating are the fire deaths that occur in homes with no smoke detectors — deaths that in many cases, perhaps even in most cases, are preventable. The Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office estimates that 95 percent of fire deaths statewide occur in residences without operable smoke alarms.

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