- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - At-risk homes in Alcorn County are getting alarms thanks to a partnership between the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Vision 20/20 project.

Vision 20/20 provides national fire prevention strategies.

Officials, in a news release Friday, said the Alcorn County fire service along with the Alcorn County Boy Scouts were set to distribute and install 500 smoke alarms in homes this weekend.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who’s also state fire marshal, says having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a fire by half.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has assisted in investigating fires that have resulted in 32 deaths so far in 2016. Of those, one occurred in Alcorn County.

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