The state of Indiana has seen a decline in the number of deaths related to fires, a figure that dropped from 78 in 2016 down to 70 for 2017. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Division of Fire and Building Safety is praising local first responders across the state for their efforts in working to make Hoosiers more safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2009 to 2013 in the United States, two out of five fire deaths occurred in homes where no smoke alarms were present, and one out of every five fire deaths occurred in homes where smoke alarms were present but failed to operate. The NFPA has also found that, households with smoke alarms that don’t work are beginning to outnumber the households with no alarms. Local fire departments across the state have continued to make smoke detectors available to their communities. For more information on fire safety, visit Follow IDHS on social media on Twitter @idhs and on Facebook: