Fire prevention week observed

National Fire Prevention week kicked off Oct. 3 and the Central Joint Fire-EMS District held several events to educate the public.

The theme for 2010 is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With and in keeping with that theme local fire departments are passing out free smoke detectors to the residents they serve at their stations courtesy of the American Red Cross.

According to the state fire marshal, 150 Ohioans died in fires last year and more than 75 percent of those fatalities were in homes without working smoke alarms.