Fatal fires prompt officials to stress safety and having working smoke detectors

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The deadly fires that claimed the  lives of 3 children and 2 adults overnight Sunday, has prompted fire officials to underscore the importance of smoke detectors, and the proper use of space heaters.

Fire officials say working smoke detectors save lives, while space heaters should near be used as a way to provide the main source of heat for your home.

Fire departments across the area are sending a strong warning after three fatal fires struck homes in less than 24 hours.

It`s all in an effort to prevent future fire fatalities.

The Metro West County EMS and Fire Protection District says space heaters or hot plates are not safe alternatives for heating devices and should be considered dangerous if not used properly.

Firefighters are also encouraging residents to check your smoke detectors in your home by pushing the test buttons on your smoke detectors to make sure they’re in working order.

With the cold weather setting in, fire departments are offering fire safety education in an effort to save lives, and homes.  Officials stress that when the alert goes off on a smoke detector, that you need evacuate everyone from the home.  Having a home evacuation plan will save lives and property.

If you don’t have smoke detectors in your home, or if they don’t work, contact your local fire department, and they will come to your home to install detectors for free.

Other local organizations like Heatupstlouis.org joined in on the fight to raise awareness, in an effort to save lives one home at a time.

Heatupstlouis.org may be able to provide energy and heating bill assistance grants ranging from $100 to $600 to low income and other qualified applicants. Heatupstlouis.org is an all-volunteer, regional charity that focuses on helping the disabled, low income, and elderly individuals and families with paying their delinquent energy bills.