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Officials: Most Fatal Fires Are Preventable

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you need another reason to stop smoking, consider this: Almost half of the fire-related deaths in Springfield in the past decade were started by smoking, according to a new report based on data from the Springfield Fire Marshal.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you need another reason to stop smoking, consider this: Almost half of the fire-related deaths in Springfield in the past decade were started by smoking, according to a new report based on data from the Springfield Fire Marshal.

Of the 35 fire fatalities between 2003 and 2012, 46 percent were smoking-related. That's 16 lives snuffed out.

The report released this morning by the Springfield Fire Department shows that human factors contributed to all but one of the fatal fires, and 68 percent of them resulted in death by smoke inhalation or asphyxia.

The living room was the site of the fires in 40 percent of the cases and the average age of the victim was 43 years.

Smoke alarms failed to alert residents in 63 percent of the cases.

A news release from the fire department said almost all of the fires were preventable, with careless smoking, improper use of space heaters, overloaded extension cords, candles or children playing with matches are high on the list of causes.

For more information on the report and a list of recommendations on how to reduce your family's chances of being touched by home fires see the full report above.



 

 

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