Ohio fire officials are using the end of the year to remind residents about the dangers of fires, especially during the winter months.
State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Chief Frank Conway said Tuesday during a press conference in Columbus that 117 people died in fires this year in Ohio, up from 115 in 2014.
Last year, there were two fire deaths in Crawford County, one in Richland County and none in Morrow and Knox counties.
“We are making progress with the Safe & Sound campaign. Since it kicked off in October, fire deaths decreased by 33 percent,” Conway said. “However, even one fire death is too many, so we will continue our fire prevention push into 2016.”
He added that officials will continue the Safe & Sound public awareness campaign to help better inform the public.
“All Ohioans can help protect themselves from a fire,” Conway said. “Making sure there are no fire risks in your home and having working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan can help you and your family stay safe. I encourage everyone to make it a New Year’s resolution to be fire safe in 2016.”