(Memphis) There have been 12 fire deaths so far this year in Memphis.
The fire department is taking steps to prevent other fires from happening.
The fire department is taking up the challenge during this week’s Fire Prevention Week.
Director Alvin Benson said the department is focusing on ways to help families get out of their homes safely during a fire.
He said everyone should have plan that includes an escape route and where to meet up when everyone has made it outside.
Benson said having a working smoke detector is important, but he also mentioned that families should make sure their homes are clean.
“You may have seen some television shows where people hoard things.
They have too much clutter,” said Benson. “Things that are combustible or will burn easily — get rid of those things that you don’t have to have.
Benson said the clutter burns and also can cause an obstruction.
All Memphis fire stations are open to the public through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
They are offering free smoke detectors to anyone who stops by.