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Official concerned about tenants jumping to safety in fires

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Within one month, three different fires around metro Atlanta have forced dozens of fire victims to jump to safety.

State Marshal Dwayne Garris advises residents not to jump and said having an escape plan is the safest route.

“I’m not sure they don’t have a way out. I think they delay to the point of no return so having a plan understanding what you can do, what you should do is paramount,” said Garris.

Garris said families should practice that plan until it becomes second nature and that jumping should be their last resort.

“Whether you’re exposed to the fire bad enough, then people do jump and so having an escape ladder would definitely be an option,” said Garris.

According to Garris, your landlord or management company is only responsible for providing working smoke alarms, a fire extinguisher in your home or in the common area and information on different safety systems in place.

Garris was asked if that's enough.

“There’s a point where people are saying how much government needs to be involved in the protection of individuals,” said Garris.

The state marshal also said Georgia regulations require two ways to get out, one of which is the balcony or window.

“Through the many national standards that we’ve adopted that’s been determined that that’s adequate protection that’s being provided,” said Garris.

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