The Zachary Fire Department is providing smoke detectors to residents who need them, hoping to reverse a recent trend of fatal fires in East Baton Rouge Parish, including one that claimed the lives of a Zachary woman and her two children.
People who do not have smoke detectors in their home should call the fire station at (225) 654-0026.
“We’ll bring an application out to their homes, get them to sign off on it, and we will install two smoke detectors,” said Fire Chief Danny Kimble.
Firefighters will install one detector in the home's sleeping area and the other in the kitchen area. They have a 10-year battery life.
The detectors are provided by the state Fire Marshal’s Office through grant funding.
The effort comes in the wake of a Jan. 3 fire that killed Dana Lieblong, 30, and her daughters in their mobile home in Country Acres Park on La. 19 in Zachary. There were no working smoke detectors in the trailer where Lieblong and the 8-year-old and 10-month-old girls lived, Kimble said.
In the past month, 23 people have died in 14 fires across Louisiana, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Several of those deaths have been in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Kimble said his department has always provided smoke detectors to those in need, but has been receiving more requests than usual lately. He welcomes the increased interest.
“The detectors do save lives,” Kimble said. “Every home should have them in place. No home should be without them.”
Editor's Note: This story was changed on Jan. 17 to update the number of people who have died in fires across the state.