In 2014, 2,745 people died in house fires according to officials. City Fire Inspector Jennifer Pierce pointed out that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present. She also said that three out of five fire deaths are from homes without working smoke detectors.
The Clermont Fire Department used the opportunity tom remind people to check the dates on their smoke detectors. Units over 10 years old should be replaced.
The public is also encouraged to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors when clocks change for Daylight Saving Time.