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Mississippi to receive $1 million for smoke alarms

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi will receive nearly $1 million to pay for smoke alarms and installation in homes in the state.

State Fire Marshal and Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney will receive the federal grant money Wednesday and join members of the Brandon Fire Department who will install one of the free smoke detectors in a home.

So far this year, the State Fire Marshal's Office has investigated 29 fire deaths. Of those, 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.

In June, Bobby and Jannie Smith of Oloh, Mississippi credited a free smoke alarm they received just two weeks earlier with saving their home and possibly their lives. According to statistics from the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.

This is the second grant the Fire Marshal's Office has received. The first was in 2008 and the program purchased 32,000 alarms with that grant.

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