Elkin Fire Department will be one of many North Carolina fire agencies participating in Smoke Alarm Canvassing Day this Saturday.
N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has encouraged all fire departments to partner with his division and canvass their districts to help provide working smoke alarms for residences.
“Fire fatalities are on the rise and have doubled since this time last year,” noted a Twitter post from Causey’s office. “Since Jan. 1, 2018, 63 North Carolinians have lost their lives to fire and many more with life changing burn injuries.”
That Twitter post was in April, and since then, an additional 27 fire deaths have been reported, making 90 for 2018 in just six months. In 2017, 83 people lost their lives in the state due to fires.
Elkin’s firefighters will be canvassing the Sunset Park neighborhood from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.