Fire Safety House Demo at NCF

Neshoba County, Miss.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says the state has led the nation too many times in fire deaths per capita, but that's no longer the case.

Chaney, who is also the state's fire marshal, demonstrated a new fire safety house at the Neshoba County Fair that is a tool to reduce that statistic.

He says the fire safety house will help in educating children and adults how to deal with fires, from operating a fire extinguisher to escaping a house fire.

"This is a training tool for us to reduce fire deaths in the state of Mississippi," said Chaney. "We've been able to reduce deaths over 38% since I've taken office, and that may not seem like a lot to folks, but any death is too many."

Chaney says the fire safety house is used in schools as well as at the state fire academy. He says the state has also distributed 52,000 free smoke alarms.