Mississippi to receive $1M for smoke alarms - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Mississippi to receive $1M for smoke alarms

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says Mississippi has received a $1 million grant to distribute and install smoke detectors in homes in the state.

Chaney says so far this year, the State Fire Marshal's Office has investigated 29 fire deaths. Of those, he says investigators found only one home with a working smoke alarm. Three homes had smoke alarms that didn't work. The remainder had no smoke alarms at all.

Chaney says the grant is the second the Fire Marshal's Office has received.

He says the first was in 2008 and the program purchased 32,000 alarms with that grant.

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