Just four months into 2018 and the state of South Carolina has already experienced 40 fire fatalities. Now eight of those deaths occurred in the Upstate.
To bring awareness to the issue, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is partnering with local fire services to host meetings in every county. On Thursday, a meeting will be open to the public in Oconee County to discuss ways to prevent future fire deaths.
“We’ll never stop all the fires but we can give them education and technology to prevent them from becoming a victim of a fatal fire,” said Nathan Ellis, the Assistant State Fire Marshal.
Some topics of discussion include the risk factor for that particular area as well as smoke detectors. Ellis tells 7News that 98 percent of the homes in Oconee County are older than 2009 which means their smoke detectors are more than likely out of date. It’s information like this that they hope to get across to the community as well as find partners who are willing to provide resources for those who can’t afford them.
That meeting will be at the Westminster Fire Department at 6p.m. on Thursday and is open to anyone to attend.