IFD stressing education after fatal fire


The death of an Indianapolis family of six after a fire in their home last week has sparked renewed interest in fire safety.

Four children and their parents perished in that fire on Olney Street.

Since then,  the Indianapolis Fire Department has "seen a huge spike in requests for smoke detectors, fire safety education, and family evacuation planning," according to a media release.
So much so, they've nearly run out of free smoke detectors kept at fire houses and available to families who request them.

This weekend, IFD and Survive Alive are hosting a rare open house event to allow families to practice evacuations plans in a real-life scenario.  Sessions will begin every 20 minutes with a video followed by the instructional tour of the Survive Alive house.

It's a program that works, says Aleatha Henderson IFD's Director of Public Education.  In the last twenty years Henderson reported, "a decline in the number of child fatalities as a result of efforts at Survive Alive..and public interaction."  IFD recorded a 70-percent decline in child fatalities due to fire.

The hope with Survive Alive is to form a foundation of fire safety in children they will carry into adulthood.

Smoke detectors are also key to surviving a fire.  Fire houses in Indianapolis keep free smoke detectors on hand for homeowners who request them.  Lately, however, some fire houses have been running out due to the high demand.

With the Daylight Saving Time change this weekend, that's also a reminder to change the batteries in smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors themselves, should be replaced every ten years.