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Quitman Fire Department giving out free smoke detectors

Clay Phillips Clay Phillips
Marvin Warren Marvin Warren
Dwayne Garriss Dwayne Garriss
QUITMAN, GA (WALB) -

A working smoke detector in your home could help save your life in a fire, but Quitman Fire Chief Clay Phillips said they find working smoke detectors in less than half of the house fires they respond to.

"It is a common thing that people do not keep up with their smoke alarms, for whatever reason it is, it might be financial reasons. We do find that at least 55% of the homes that we go into the smoke alarm is not working," said Phillips. 

For the past nine years, the Quitman Fire Department has received around two dozen smoke detectors from the state fire marshal's office that they distribute and install on a first come first served basis.

This year, the department received 55 smoke detectors and residents stopped by all day Tuesday to take advantage of the offer.

"I encourage 'em all, whoever aint got 'em, to go get one because they'll save your stuff, you know? You aint got nothin' to wake you up or give you notice. It's really good for it," said Marvin Warren, a Quitman resident who stopped by the station on Tuesday afternoon to pick up a smoke detector.

Seeing all the residents come out makes Chief Phillips happy.

"It shows that they know they need them. They may not have the finance to buy 'em, but they know they need 'em," Phillips pointed out.

47 people have died in house fires in Georgia so far this year, and the state fire marshal hopes these smoke alarms will prevent fire deaths.

"We've had a high fire fatality last year, 126 people perished in fires last year. We're trying to get that number down," Dwayne Garriss, State Fire Marshal, noted.

And Smoke detectors are a key to helping achieve that goal.

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