A Jonesboro, Arkansas, man says he is alive, thanks to his smoke alarm. According to KTRE-TV, Clarence Hunter said that he was at the stove cooking Tuesday and stepped away for a few seconds. He said when
his smoke alarm sounded, he realized that the kitchen was in flames.
He got out of the home with no injuries. “I’m so grateful and humbled,” he said. “I feel so small because the fire was just so big. A smoke alarm can give you more life to live.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” highlights the basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. NFPA’s “must have” items provide everything needed to present the public with this life-saving information at open houses, community gatherings, in classrooms, and at other venues.
“A smoke [alarm] is yet a tool to help save lives and without that tool in your tool cabinet, you may not wake up in the morning if you have a fire,” said Jonesboro Fire Department Captain Kevin Prince.
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